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By towerrnli, Jun 22 2016 06:00AM

A London lifeboat crew was involved in a two-hour standoff between police and a man who had climbed part of Tower Bridge, in the early hours of this morning (22 June).

The crew from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Tower lifeboat station were requested to launch just after 2am and stand guard beneath the famous landmark, after a man was spotted walking up and down its curved suspension supports.

By towerrnli, Jun 7 2016 06:00AM

Euro 2016 fans flocking to bars and pubs along the River Thames in London have been urged not to ‘drown their sorrows’ as part the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Respect the Water safety campaign, launched today (June 9).

Crews from London’s three RNLI lifeboat stations are expecting a busy month, fearing football fans will risk their lives jumping, swimming or even slipping into the Thames, fuelled by alcohol and bravado from watching matches and drinking in pubs along the waterfront.

By towerrnli, May 12 2016 05:00AM

The RNLI today welcomed the Duke of Cambridge to London’s Tower lifeboat station for the launch of a multi-agency taskforce aiming to help tackle the issue of male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

The Duke was met at the charity’s floating lifeboat station, nestled next to Waterloo Bridge in central London, by volunteer and full-time members of the Tower RNLI lifeboat crew, along with representative from other frontline organisations who are often the first on scene in dealing with self-harm related incidents.

By towerrnli, Apr 21 2016 05:00AM

A woman was saved from drowning in the River Thames in the early hours of this morning after a London RNLI lifeboat crewman heard a splash through a window.

Duty RNLI Helmsman Craig Burn was sat in the crew room of Tower Lifeboat station, nestled next to Waterloo Bridge, at 2.30am this morning when he heard the noise.

Craig, who was in command of Tower lifeboat last night, said: ‘It was the middle of the night and I was feeling a bit sleepy when I heard the sound of a splash coming through a window, which luckily I had kept open. I took a look and saw a perfect ripple circle on the surface of the river. The wind had dropped on and the water was glassy calm.

By towerrnli, Apr 11 2016 05:00AM

Lifeboat crew members in London went to the rescue after a 12-year-old boy fell from the River Thames embankment onto the foreshore 26ft below – the equivalent of a two storey house.

The incident took place on Saturday evening after reports that the child had fallen from the bank near the Cutty Sark pub on Ballast Quay. It is believed he had been playing on the embankment when he slipped and fell onto the ground below.

By towerrnli, Jan 27 2016 06:00AM

RNLI London lifeboat crews rescued 245 people from the River Thames in 2015, figures released today reveal, which is enough to fill almost three of the capital’s double decker buses*.

A total of 19 of those rescued were categorised as lives saved which means those people would most likely have died without the intervention of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crews. Combined, London’s three RNLI lifeboat stations launched 770 times between them.

The charity’s latest annual statistics also revealed that London boasted the two busiest RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2015 – Tower (at Waterloo Bridge) and Chiswick.

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