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Syrian man dies days after his friend drowned trying to save him

A second man has died after two men got into difficulty in a stretch of water connected to the River Thames in Berkshire. 

At around 7pm on Tuesday, officers from Thames Valley Police were called to an area of water called Lulle Brook, between Odney Lane and Mill Lane, in Cookham, Maidenhead. 

Three men had jumped into the Lulle Brook on but were caught by a current caused by a nearby weir.

A second man, 37, has died in hospital after two men got into difficulty in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook in Maidenhead on Tuesday, which is connected to the River Thames

On Wednesday, police found the body of Eyad Al Ryabi (rescue teams pictured near Cookham), who went into the water to save his friend from drowning, a relative said

On Wednesday, police found the body of Eyad Al Ryabi (rescue teams pictured near Cookham), who went into the water to save his friend from drowning, a relative said

A member of the public pulled a man in his thirties from the water and he was taken to hospital, where he has since died. 

He was named by friends as Mohammed Al Safadi from Ruislip.  

His death is being treated as unexplained and not suspicious.  

This comes after his friend Eyad Al Ryabi’s body was found on Wednesday, after the two men went swimming at Lulle Brook.

The 31-year-old went into the water to help save Mohammed Al Safadi from drowning, his cousin Khald Al Riabi said. 

Eyad Al Ryabi was found dead on Wednesday after he jumped in the River Thames to help his friend on Tuesday evening

Eyad Al Ryabi was found dead on Wednesday after he jumped in the River Thames to help his friend on Tuesday evening

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘A second man has died following reports on Tuesday that two men had got into difficulty swimming in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook, between Odney Lane and Mill Lane, Cookham.

‘Officers were called at around 7pm on Tuesday. A member of the public pulled a man aged in his 30s from the water and he was taken to hospital.

‘Sadly, the man, aged 37 years and from Hounslow, has since died. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported. His death is being treated as unexplained and not suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’ 

Al Riabi, a father-of-five living in Uxbridge, west London, had been with a group of friends at Lulle Brook for a day out in the good weather, his cousin added. 

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Ash Mohmood, based at Maidenhead police station, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this very difficult time.

‘The men were of a Syrian background and I know this will affect the Syrian community greatly, our thoughts are with you also.’

He thanked members of the public and the emergency services who assisted police.

Omar Sawayah, who was among friends and relatives who headed to Cookham once the alarm was raised, said: ‘Mohammed decided to dive into the water but got into difficulty. 

At around 7pm on Tuesday, officers from Thames Valley Police were called to an area of water called Lulle Brook, in Cookham, Maidenhead

At around 7pm on Tuesday, officers from Thames Valley Police were called to an area of water called Lulle Brook, in Cookham, Maidenhead

‘Eyad dived into the water to try and save him but nobody saw him resurface and he hasn’t been seen since. 

‘Somehow Mohammed drifted unconscious to the bank where some of his other friends pulled him out the water.

‘There was another group of people, I think locals, who tried to help resuscitate Mohammed before the paramedics came and took him to hospital.

‘Eyad came here from the city of Daraa in Syria about eight months ago. He was a refugee living in Uxbridge. 

‘He and his friends had come out to be by the river for the day as it was such nice weather. The others who didn’t go in the water have gone to the local police station.’ 

Connor Godfrey, a 27-year-old chef from London, told how he had given Mohammed Al Safadi CPR after he was pulled from the river. 

A third man who jumped into the water was unharmed, according to the BBC.

MailOnline has contacted Thames Valley police for more details about the incident.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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