Boris Johnson amused onlookers by falling into a river today.
The mishap occurred whilst the Mayor of London was promoting a recruitment drive for volunteers.
Collecting litter along with members of the Quaggy Waterways Action Group, Johnson was wading through the River Pool in Lewisham, South East London when he was asked to stop for a photo opportunity.
Forging on, he stumbled and fell in to cries of ‘Oh no!’ and ‘Classic!’ from those present.
Soaked up to his chest, the hapless ex-Tory MP was helped to his feet and led to dry land.
In his plea for volunteers, Johnson said: ”Volunteering is good for individuals and great for London in tough economic times.
“By giving your time, whether a one-off few hours or a regular commitment, we can both help to make the capital a more civilised, pleasant place and reap the rewards of putting something back into the communities in which we live.”
When questioned about his misadventure, he displayed characteristic good humour: “The water was very refreshing”, he said,”I thoroughly recommend it”.