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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Bar staff along Kingston’s Riverside have been learning how to save someone from drowning in the Thames

They’ve been practising using their throw bags - foot long canvas sacks which contain a 30 metre float rope.

The bags are carried on RNLI boats, and can be thrown easily to someone in trouble in the water to grab on to.

They are more efficient than float rings, and also prevent other people diving in after their friend and getting into trouble as well.

Tim James with the RNLI says it’s important all bars and restaurants along the Thames have a throw bag.

Of the 236 lifeboat stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland, the two busiest are on the Thames, at Tower and Chiswick.

Those two stations handle more than 50% of all the resuscitation work carried out by the RNLI.

Teddington LB station is also in the top 20 busiest stations in the UK.

Staff at McClusky's nightclub have taken part in a few training sessions.

The throw bag was brought about with the help of the mother of a teenager who died after he fell into the Thames at Kingston.

On the 28th of July 2005, 19 year old James died after spending a night out at McClusky's.

The group of friends had divided when it closed to take taxis to their respective home areas; each group thought that James was with the other.

It appears that on leaving the nightclub James took the riverside exit and fell into the water.

The alarm was raised the following day but James was not recovered until Sunday the 31st of July. No witnesses ever came forward.
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