Based on the River Thames in central London, Tower Lifeboat station is the busiest RNLI station out of the 238 in the UK. Our crew cover 16 miles of the Thames from Barking to Battersea.
So far in 2018, the crew have been called out 446 times, saving 8 lives. In 2017 alone, they were called out 520 times to incidents ranging from injuries on a party boat and broken down vessels, to people and the occasional animal in the water, with the crew saving 14 lives. Since the staton opened, we have launched 7,309 times and have been credited with saving 300 lives.
Unlike many other lifeboat stations, Tower has a round-the-clock crew at the station who are ready to launch within 90 seconds of an emergency call coming in. Our 55 volunteers come from all different 'day jobs' from firecrews, bankers, TV producers, civil servants and students, and give up their time to help save lives on the Thames.
This website provides information on our crews, our boat, our history, our news and how you can help us keep saving lives, as well as how you can come and visit us.