THAMES LIFEBOATS IN ACTION
BOAT COLLIDES WITH TOWER BRIDGE

MAN
CLINGING TO OAR RESCUED



RNLI crew treat injured passenger

Ten people were injured when a passenger boat collided with Tower Bridge.

Lifeboat crew members from the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station treated a woman with a head wound after the City Cruises vessel Millennium Diamond was involved in the collision.

The woman, believed to be in her 60s, is believed to have fallen down a set of steel steps, sustaining a head injury and bruises to her ribs. The lifeboat crew were the first on scene and treated the woman until London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and took her away for further treatment.

Kevin Maynard, one of the four Tower RNLI lifeboat crew members on the lifeboat, explained how the drama unfolded: "We launched just after midday and when we arrived the boat had come alongside St Katherine’s Pier by Tower Bridge. We understand the woman had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down.

‘"Although the original call to us was related to that one lady, while we were on scene a further nine people came forward to say they had been injured. We treated the woman by giving her oxygen and using blankets to keep her warm, as well as dressing her wound and placing her on a board to protect her spine. We looked after her until London Ambulance Service arrived to take her away for further assessment.’




Pic: RNLI

Chiswick RNLI lifeboat rescued a man in diifficulties in the river near Kew Bridge.

He had been clinging to the end of an oar being held by a member of the public on the river wall and was in danger of being swept away. The lifeboat managed to get him aboard and he was taken to a nearby pier where an ambulance was waiting.

RNLI Helmsman Garry Tiller commented “Whilst others were aiding the casualty when the
lifeboat arrived, they were not able to remove him from the water as he was at the base of a
wall and they were at least two metres above him.

"He was very cold and tired having been in the water for around 30 minutes, and was beginning to panic. He could only have held on for a short while longer and would then have been swept away.

" The only other vessels in the area were single sculling boats and one coaching vessel none of which would have had the stability or capacity to effect the rescue.”

Story dated June 4th 2014

 

   
 
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