Thames body confirmed as missing 'hero' Nathan Lane

  • 26 July 2013
  • From the section Kent
Nathan Lane
Image caption Nathan Lane disappeared after jumping into the River Thames at Gravesend to rescue a young girl

A body found in the River Thames has been confirmed as that of 28-year-old Nathan Lane, who went missing after he tried to save a young girl.

Kent Police said the body found in the river near West Street, Gravesend on 17 July had now been formally identified.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. A report has been prepared for the coroner.

Mr Lane was one of four people went into the water to help a man and the child on 14 July.

The pair were reported to be in difficulty just off Gordon Promenade.

The girl was saved but Mr Lane disappeared sparking a search by the RNLI, the Port of London Authority, officers from the Metropolitan Police and Kent and Essex forces and Sheppey and Medway Coastguard.

Mr Lane was described as a hero and a caring soul by friends and family.

His brother Warren said: "[Nathan was] always there to help anyone regardless of who they were, whether he knew them or not."

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