Southwark Cathedral hosted a moving ceremony today to remember the victims of the Marchioness river boat disaster on the river Thames in 1989. 51 people died after the boat collided with a dredger Bowbelle in the early hours of the morning. Amongst them was Francesca Dallaglio, the 19 year-old sister of the England rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio, and the merchant banker Antonio de Vasconcellos who was celebrating his 26th birthday.
The names of the victims were read out at the ceremony. In the wake of the disaster, the Marchioness Action Group was set up to campaign for greater safety on the Thames. The Royal National Lifeboat Institute set up lifeboat stations along the Thames in 2002.