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MP Helps Rescue Woman From River Thames
An MP has spoken of his shock after helping rescue a woman from the River Thames near Parliament.
Stephen Gilbert was at an event on the House of Commons terrace, overlooking the river, when he saw what he thought was a body floating past.
The Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay threw a life ring towards the woman, who was rescued a short distance further along the river, close to Westminster Pier.
Mr Gilbert said the shock had left him "barely able to string a sentence together".
"There are some lifebuoys on the terrace, so I guess this is not the first time something like this has happened," he said.
"I didn't expect the person to move and I didn't expect to have to react to get them a lifebuoy."
He later tweeted: "Shaken after seeing a body float past House of Commons terrace. She moved, I threw a lifebuoy and she's now been rescued! #Result."
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the woman was rescued by the RNLI and its marine policing unit.
She was taken to hospital by ambulance.