News Update

Five people and  and a dog were rescued when their narrow boat sank on the Thames.

The vessel, named Mini Moo, began taking on water on the tidal river near Canary Wharf on Saturday (August 25th).

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s  Marine Policing Unit arrived within two minutes, by which time the boat had started to sink. The vessel sank completely just minutes later.

Police officers rescued three people from the water and two people were rescued by a London RIB Experience boat which happened to be nearby. A dog was also rescued by police officers.

All five people - the boat's female owner and four men - were taken to hospital as a precaution and were subsequently discharged. The dog was also uninjured.

Inspector Tania Martin of the MPS Marine Policing Unit said: "The Thames is a dangerous river especially in mid-flow where the tidal stream can carry a person away below the surface in seconds.

"The five people were not wearing lifejackets, were weighed down with shoes and clothing and were in shock from the cold water and a vessel sinking. What appeared to be a relatively safe hop across the river between marinas had turned into a potentially life threatening situation in a matter of seconds.

"Both RIB Voyages and police crews recognised the potentially fatal situation and demonstrated great composure and control to carry out this rescue."