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As London Lifeboat Week launched yesterday, the Tower lifeboat was scrambled to reports of a man stuck on an abandoned jetty.
Today volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will take to the streets in their yellow jackets and oilskins to collect donations for the charity.
Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will take to the streets today.
Wearing their yellow jackets and oilskins the volunteers will collect public donations for the charity as part of National Lifeboat Week.
The RNLI is more usually associated with stormy seas around the coast, but hundreds of Londoners also owe their lives to the lifeboat crews.
Martin Stew reports.
London Lifeboat Day is the biggest fundraising day of the year for the four London RNLI branches. It also raises much needed awareness of the charity's four lifeboat stations - two of which are the busiest across the RNLI's entire network.
Tower RNLI lifeboat station, situated at the heart of the capital on a floating pier in the river below Waterloo Bridge, is the busiest in the whole of the UK. They launched 499 times last year rescuing 105 people.
Chiswick is the next busiest, with 221 call-outs last year and 97 rescues.