Saving people in distress on the River Thames
London’s lifeboat crews have experienced another busy summer period of searches and rescues, figures released today by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show. Tower Station near Waterloo Bridge was the busiest while Chiswick Station ranked third busiest overall.
Overall for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution it has been the busiest summer for 24 years, with a total of 4,300 lifeboat launches. This is up from 3,816 in the summer of 2012.
Statistics from the charity, which runs lifeboats from three bases along the River Thames, show there were a total of 263 separate lifeboat launches between June and August 2013. This is just a handful more than the 253 launches recorded in the same period in 2012.
Two of the RNLI’s London lifeboat stations were in the top five busiest of all 236 lifeboat stations around the UK and Republic of Ireland. The busiest was Tower station, which operates from a floating pier below Waterloo Bridge. Meanwhile Chiswick station, situated at Corney Reach Pier in the town, was ranked third busiest overall.
The statistics amount to yet another incredibly busy summer of saving all manner of people in distress.
Andrew Ashton, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, said: ‘Yet again 2013 has been busy for our lifeboat crew members along the tidal reaches of the River Thames. Yet there are still millions of people living in Greater London that have no idea we have a presence in London. We’re akin to a hidden emergency service if you like’
Among the notable rescues that were carried out by London lifeboats between June and August were:
Anyone interested in reading more about the work of the RNLI’s London lifeboats can visit the individual lifeboat station’s websites http://www.towerrnli.org.uk/http://www.chiswicklifeboat.org.uk/ and http://rnli.org/findmynearest/station/Pages/Teddington-Lifeboat-Station.aspx
September 25, 2013