Police have launched a manslaughter investigation after a woman died in a boat incident on the Thames near Fulham in 2015.
Charlotte Brown was in a boat that capsized near Wandsworth Bridge shortly before midnight on December 8.
After liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), police said on Friday (March 17) they are now investigating offences including manslaughter.
Ms Brown, 24, was pulled from the river following a search which included a police helicopter and the RNLI. She was pronounced dead at hospital.
Lifeboat crew at the scene found a man soaking wet on the foreshore, who told them he had been in a small boat with a woman who was still missing.
The police helicopter located a heat source and lifeboat crew located the woman.
They performed CPR before handing her over to paramedics upstream at Putney Pier.
Ms Brown, known as Charli, and the man were taken to hospital. He was subsequently discharged.
Detectives have been investigating, along with the Port of London Authority, in consultation with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
A Met spokesperson said: “The police investigation into the death of Charlotte Brown remains ongoing and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to liaise with Charlotte’s family as to developments.
“Following the submission of a file to the Crown Prosecution Service advice was provided to the MPS and detectives are now investigating offences including manslaughter.
Homicide and Major Crime Command now investigating
“Due to the nature of the offences being looked at detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are now investigating.
“They continue to liaise with colleagues from the Port of London Authority and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.”
A boat was later recovered from the river at the scene.
Ms Brown lived in East Finchley, but was originally from Welling.
A post-mortem examination was held on December 11 2015 at St George’s Hospital mortuary but failed to establish a cause of death and further tests were ordered.
An inquest was due to commence on October 5 2016 at Westminster Coroner’s Court but has been rescheduled on a date yet to be confirmed.
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