Hero saves man from drowning in the river

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A restaurant manager is being hailed a hero after jumping into the River Ouse to save a man’s life several weeks ago.

Lukasz Lankiewicz, general manager of Ta Bouche in Ely, was locking up the popular riverside eatery and bar with duty manager Jordan Pattison in the early hours of May 5 when he heard a splash.

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Lucasz, left, pictured with lifesaving hero Jordan.

Lukasz said: “I saw him in the middle of the river.

“Me and my colleague were the only two people on the site.

“I was more shocked than scared.”

Without a moment’s hesitation, Jordan dived in to rescue the man while Lucasz threw them both a rope.

Together, the two restaurant managers, who both live in Ely, managed to get the man to safety and were able to phone the emergency services for help.

Lukasz says: “Jordan was a hero. He jumped in without a second thought. It was really cold.”

The man was taken by ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and survived his ordeal.

As for Jordan, he received a nice bottle of wine the following day from Lukasz to thank him for his incredible act of bravery.