Rainbow Quay victim from Brockley

Met Police Marine Support Unit. Photo: Adrian Pingstone

The 14 year old schoolboy who died after falling into the Rainbow Quay, by the River Thames on Saturday 22 May has been named locally as Kafi Ibrahim who was a student at Prendergast-Ladywell Fields College in Brockley.

The school’s website contains a message of condolence to his friends and family from the headteacher Mrs Whitfield:

“Dear Parents/Carers, It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Kafi Ibrahim, a Year 8 student. Kafi was the victim of a tragic accident which took place on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

He was declared as having passed away at an east London hospital at approximately ten minutes past four on Saturday afternoon. It is understood he fell into the water at around 12 noon on one of the hottest days of the year.

The Met Police said officers from the local borough, Marine Support Unit and Dive Squad attended to help in the search and two officers dived into the water in a bid to try to find him but were unsuccessful.

He was pulled out approximately two hours later by a Met Police diver and taken to hospital. The circumstances of the incident were being investigated by officers based at Southwark Police Station.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and it is understood a postmortem was to be held. Flowers were left close to the scene of the tragedy. The possibility that he hit his head on a deepwater lock after entering the water is one aspect of the event that is being investigated.


  1. vanessa May 27, 2010
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