A 22-year-old Whitechapel woman was recovering in hospital last night after being rescued from St Katherines Dock by passersby who spotted her throwing herself into the water with an anvil chained to her ankle.
Tracy Dell, a manicurist from Plaistow Avenue, is believed to have tried to take her own life after going out on a first date with a man she had met on Tinder, with fish finger crumbs and a bit of tomato sauce from an earlier snack, stuck to the corner of her mouth.
Her sister, Mary, 19, told The Whelk: “When she came back from the date she was really subdued and kept bursting into tears.
“I asked her what was wrong and she told me that her new fella had been reluctant to kiss her goodnight, and that when she’d checked in the mirror, she saw bits of fish finger and red sauce stuck to the corner of her mouth.
“It must have been the shame of it that made her throw herself in the dock. To be honest, I’d have done the same. Any woman would have.
“Hopefully, the oxygen starvation when she was drowning will have damaged her brain and she won’t have to keep reliving the horrible memory over and over for the rest of her life”
This incident is reminiscent of a similar occasion in May of last year when a 20-year-old Shoreditch woman threw herself under a speeding train at London Bridge station after a man she had met online pointed out that she had a dried bogie hanging from her nose while they were having a McDonalds in Cripplegate.