Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The entire lifeboat station floats on the Thames

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the RNLIThe aging base on Victoria Embankment is no longer fit for purpose and has therefore been towed under one of London’s most famous landmarks.

The station was an important part of the capital’s lifeboat operations for 16 years, with parts of the pontoon dating back to the Victorian era when it was used by the metropolitan police.

Tower Lifeboat Station manager Kevin Maynard said: “We look forward to our new facilities which will help us provide the service the people of London deserve, keeping them as safe as possible.

“In the meantime, I would like to reassure people that we are continuing our emergency service along the Thames as usual – and remember if you get into trouble to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

Since 2002, the Tower Lifeboat crew has launched 9,545 times, rescuing 355 people over 16 miles down the River Thames – in the last year alone (2022) the station had 750 calls.

The history of the station began following the Tragedy of the pleasure boat Marchioness in 1989, which killed 51 people after a collision with a dredger.

An inquest following the tragedy recommended the need for a dedicated rescue service on the Thames.

The retired lifeboat station is used by Thames Marine Services as one of six electric charging stations.

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The station was an important part of the capital’s lifeboat operations for 16 years, with parts of the pontoon dating back to the Victorian era when it was used by the metropolitan police.

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