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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

London lifeboat rescuers called out 20 times over the warm weekend

A group of stranded cyclists cut off by the tide, a drifting broken-down barge and a drowning dog were among 20 incidents attended by London’s lifeboats over the weekend.

The rescues included an incident at Chiswick on Saturday.

The crew of Chiswick lifeboat employed some careful manoeuvring to bring an errant 12m Dutch barge safely back to its mooring.

The broken down boat was drifting with the tide, on a busy stretch of river dotted with rowing sculls and a sailing dinghy, and it was vital to bring it under control to avoid posing any danger to others.

And on Sunday, five cyclists were stranded on Chiswick Eyot after being cut off by the tide.

The eyot is accessible only at low water and the group had become stranded as the tide rose.

Other lifeboat rescues that took place were to assist a man in the river clinging to the chains of a pier, a woman who had collapsed on a passenger boat, and a false alarm after two children were thought to have fallen in the river.

The advice from the RNLI is to take care when on or near the water, and if people see anyone in distress, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If someone’s in trouble we’ll launch – we’re here to rescue, not judge. That’s what the RNLI charity has always been about and always will be.
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