Police appeal for help identifying critically injured man hauled from Thames

The police are appealing for help identifying a man hauled out of the Thames at Putney Bridge.

Police have released photos of the critically ill man which shows some distinctive tattoos, one of which is a dragon on his hand.

On Thursday July 26 police were called at 7:20pm by paramedics following reports that they had seen a man in the River Thames.

Officers attended along with the LAS, London’s Air Ambulance and RNLI.

The man was removed from the water by RNLI with help from members of the public and airlifted to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

He was not carrying any identification and due to his poor state of health police are keen to trace his family as soon as possible.

Officers hope that a family member or friend may recognise him and come forward.

He is a white man, dark in complexion, believed to be in his 30s, of medium build with short dark hair. He has two distinctive tattoos on his left hand and one on his lower right leg, that are faded black in colour.

He had been wearing a camouflage t-shirt with white writing on it with “Now or never, no regrets, past/present/future” on it, grey tracksuit bottoms with black rims around the pockets, blue plimsolls with white soles and a white and green Dunlop shoulder bag.

After speaking to witnesses officers are not treating the incident as suspicious and they believe he injured himself after entering a part of the river he thought was shallow.

Detective Sergeant Samantha Batchelor, South West Command Unit Missing Persons Unit, said: “We have exhausted all our lines of enquiry to identify this man and we are hoping with the release of his image a friend or family member will be able to come forward tell us who he is.”

Anyone who can assist in identifying this man should call the South West Command’s Missing Persons Unit by calling 101 quoting CAD 6675/26 Jul

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