Andreea Cristea Woman who plunged into the Thames during the Westminster attack


first_imgRomanian media has named the woman who plunged into the Thames to escape the Westminster terror attacks as 29-year-old architect Andreea Cristea.Eyewitnesses told media they had seen a woman floating face-down in the Thames next to the bridge. She has been identified by RomaniaTV as Ms Cristea, who was on holiday with her fiancé to celebrate his birthday.It is not known whether she was thrown in by the impact of the crash or jumped into the water to avoid the carnage.Police rescued Ms Cristea from the river after the attack, and she is now in a serious condition in hospital.Her partner, engineer Andrei Burnaz, was treated in hospital for a fractured foot.The couple had been walking across the bridge towards the London Eye when the terrorist ploughed a 4×4 car through pedestrians, before getting out and stabbing Pc Keith Palmer to death at the entrance to Parliament.Paul Ciocoiu, a spokesman for Romania’s ministry of foreign affairs, said he believed Ms Cristea had been “hit by a car and then thrown into the Thames”.The pair were on their way to meet a friend, Patrick Tracey, from Derbyshire, who said: ‘They never made it. I phoned and could hear shouts in the background and knew instantly something was wrong. I’m in shock.”A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the River Thames, said: “A female member of the public was recovered from the water near Westminster Bridge. She is alive but undergoing urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We believe she fell from the bridge.”center_img Ms Cristea and her fiancé had reportedly just visited Westminster Abbey and the London Eye before they were injured in the attack. Steve Voake, 55, was walking across the Westminster Bridge towards the South Bank when he saw the aftermath. He said that he had seen a person in the water, as well as at least two bodies lying on the road.”I saw a trainer lying in the road and when I looked more closely I saw that there were a couple of bodies the other side of the road,” he said. “And when I looked over the side there was another body lying in the water with blood all around it.”last_img

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