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Family of ‘budding footballer’ who drowned in Thames urges children to be careful when swimming

Family of ‘budding footballer’ who drowned in Thames urges children to be careful when swimming
Family of ‘budding footballer’ who drowned in Thames urges children to be careful when swimming

The family of a teenager who drowned after jumping into the Thames have returned to his primary school to urge schoolchildren to be careful when swimming this summer.

Brian Sasu, 14, drowned in July 2022 after jumping from a bridge into the River Thames at a popular swimming spot at Tagg’s Island in Richmond. An extensive search and rescue operation was launched and Brian’s body was found the next day.




Brian’s father George Sasu warned young people about the dangers of swimming in and around open water during the summer months.

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Brian Sasu drowned after jumping into the water to cool off(Image: George Sasu)

“I want parents and schools to talk to children about the dangers of open water so that what happened to Brian doesn’t happen to their own children. If they are spending time in the river in the warmer weather, please tell them that if they are going to swim, don’t jump in because it’s so dangerous,” he said.

In 2022, shortly after the tragic incident, Mr Sasu told MailOnline that his son, who was an aspiring footballer and Chelsea fan, could not swim and hated being in the water. “We are all devastated, it’s like a nightmare. This is a very difficult time for us,” he told MailOnline.

Since Brian’s death, the Brigade has installed 17 throw line signs, including one in his memory. The Brigade has also contacted all local authorities in London to ask them to carry out risk assessments of life-saving equipment along their waterways.

Brian Sasu (right) with his father George and his little brother Kelvin (Image: George Sasu)

The family spoke at an event held at Brian’s secondary school, St Mark’s in Hounslow, which was organised by the London Fire Brigade education team and local firefighters.