Mother's thanks to son's river rescuers
THE mother of a 24-year-old who jumped in the River Tawe has thanked everyone who helped rescue him.
The woman, who didn't want to be named, said her son had been unwell at the time but that his actions last Friday afternoon were out of character.
"We have been lucky," she said. "To lose him would have been devastating.
"I would like to thank everybody involved in rescuing him."
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The mum, aged 48, of Gorseinon, said police attended her workplace last Friday evening after her son was pulled from the water.
She said her son's illness had taken its toll on the family but that he was now receiving appropriate support.
"He is not very well at the moment, but he is getting professional help," she said.
Her son was on his own, she said, when he jumped into the water near the Sail Bridge at around 5.15pm on October 12.
"I think he was in there for about 20 minutes," she said, adding that he was OK physically, despite the very cold water.
Police, fire service and ambulance crews were alerted last Friday after a member of the public raised the alarm.
A line from a buoy was thrown to the casualty, and a firefighter climbed down a ladder into the water to ensure the man remained in position before a fire service boat brought him to shore and into a waiting ambulance.
Sergeant Phil Morgan, who is based at Swansea Central Police Station, said last Friday: "He was quite groggy in the water but that could be as a result of hypothermia.
He said the man was "vague", "confused" and "incoherent" but said he believed it could be due to him being partially submerged.
Mr Morgan said the man was rescued within 20 minutes.
An ambulance service spokesman later confirmed the man was taken to Morriston Hospital.
Rescue services have frequently warned the public not to enter the Tawe, or any other river, due to the year-round cold water and potential for hidden obstacles.
In April this year two men sparked an extensive emergency response when they jumped into the Tawe — for a bet.
One of them was helped out of the water shortly afterwards, but the other man struggled for several minutes before making it to safety around 100 yards away.
The incident happened by the Tawe Bridge.
An onlooker called Huxy said: "We saw someone swimming by the bridge. He was doing backstroke. But he was struggling."