KEY POINTS

  • An Indian woman, 40, and her four children, aged between 8 and 20, jumped into the Yamuna river Tuesday
  • Boatmen and swimmers present at the time rescued the family, but one member was in serious condition
  • Police are still investigating the incident, but the cause was allegedly a domestic dispute

Boatmen and swimmers in a township in Uttar Pradesh, India, saved a woman and her four children from drowning after the family jumped into the Yamuna river Tuesday, authorities said.

Kydganj police said that a 40-year-old woman, identified as Rohini, jumped into the river from Naini bridge located under the police station, the Times of India reported.

Rohini's three daughters Rupali, Sherya and Manali and son Ansh also jumped off the bridge. According to police, the children were between the ages of 8 and 20.

Authorities were notified of the incident when a passerby spotted the family jumping into the Yamuna and raised an alarm. Boatmen and swimmers present on the banks at the time of the incident jumped into the river in an attempt to rescue all five.

Police reportedly rushed to the spot after receiving the alert and took the woman and her children to a hospital for treatment. One of the family members was said to be in serious condition.

According to authorities, the cause of the incident was allegedly a domestic dispute. An investigation is still ongoing.

A similar incident that occurred in London a month ago ended in disaster when a 20-year-old man died after trying to save a woman who had fallen from London Bridge into the River Thames. 

Jimi Olubunmi-Adewole leapt into the river after he heard a woman scream shortly after midnight on April 24. His body was recovered by authorities around six hours later.

Members of the coastguard and the Metropolitan Police rescued the woman and another man who had jumped into the water with Olubunmi-Adewole.

Joaquin Garcia, 21, who also put his life on the line to save the woman, said he hopes Olubunmi-Adewole would be honored for his bravery. 

"I don't know why I arrived to the girl and he didn't. The last time I saw Jimi was when we jumped," the Argentinian-born chef told British daytime show "This Morning."

He recalled the moment he encountered Olubunmi-Adewole already shirtless when he went under the bridge.

"That's a key point for treating him like a hero - he was not expecting any help. He was already going to jump," Garcia said.

underwater-1150045_1920 Representation. The woman and her four children jumped off from Naini Bridge and into the Yamuna river. Photo: Pixabay