07/23/2012 01:37 EDT | Updated 09/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Man causes a splash at London cabbies' Olympic traffic lane protest by jumping into Thames

LONDON - London police say a man has jumped into the River Thames during an Olympic protest by drivers of London's famed black cabs.

Several dozen cabbies drove slowly and tooted their horns at Tower Bridge on Monday, angry that they are banned from the exclusive traffic lanes designated for Olympic athletes and officials.

The so-called "Games Lanes" around greater London are set to come into force Wednesday.

Metropolitan Police say the man jumped into the river but was swiftly pulled out by river police. They say it wasn't clear if the man was a protester. The BBC, however, reported that he was a cab driver.