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Driver of crashed pleasure boat 'did not hold licence'

The driver of a pleasure boat that collided with a tug on the River Thames did not hold a boatmaster's licence, an accident report found.

The 69-year-old mate of the vessel was at the helm when the 270-tonne Millennium Time crashed last year, injuring nine tourists.

The report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch also revealed that his employment as the helmsman was contrary to the instructions of the Millennium Time's operators, City Cruises.

Man's body found in the Thames at Twickenham

Members of the Met's Marine Policing Unit recovered the body Credit: Metropolitan Police

A body, believed to be that of a man in his 40s, has been found in the River Thames at Twickenham.

Police were called shortly after 9.30am, after a body was found close to Eel Pie Island.

The dead man has not been formally identified and police are currently treating his death as unexplained.

The Coroner has been informed.


Man with dementia goes missing after boat trip

Frank Bell, who lives in Wiltshire, went missing while on a visit to London Credit: Metropolitan Police

A 69-year-old man who has dementia has gone missing on a visit to London, after becoming separated from his wife during a boating trip.

Frank Bell had been visiting London with his wife and was on a trip along the Thames yesterday when the two became separated. Mrs Bell was able to disembark at Embankment Pier but Mr Bell remained on the boat.

The vessel continued onto the London Eye Pier where Mr Bell disembarked and headed in towards Westminster Bridge. He was last sighted on CCTV walking along the bridge at about 5pm.

Officers are concerned as Mr Bell suffers from dementia causing him to become easily confused and forgetful. Both Mr and Mrs Bell were due to return home to Wiltshire last night.

Mr Bell is described as a white male approximately 5ft 11ins tall. He was last seen wearing a black beanie hat, green coat, black trousers, black trainers and black gloves.

Mr Bell does not have any money, credit cards or a mobile phone with him. He has no identification with the exception of a silver-coloured necklace with a pendant with his name, date of birth and blood type.

Commemorations to mark 50 years since Sir Winston Churchill's funeral

The flag-draped coffin of Sir Winston Churchill on board the Havengore 30/01/65 Credit: PA Wire

Commemorations will be held on the Thames today to mark 50 years since Sir Winston Churchill's funeral. Havengore will retrace its route down the river with all of the former Prime Minister's family members on board. Tower Bridge will be lifted and a gun salute will take place as it passes HMS Belfast. Officers who were present at his funeral 50 years ago will place a wreath in the water opposite the Palace of Westminster.

Back in 1965, 350 million people watched the televised journey of Havengore carrying the coffin along the Thames.

Seal spotted in River Thames

Credit: Andy Butterfield/RNLI Teddington

A grey seal has been spotted taking a swim in the River Thames near Teddington Lock. Andy Butterfield saw it while working for RNLI Teddington, he took to twitter to track the mammals movements.

Mr Butterfield has said whilst it isn't common, seals do swim up as far as Molesey Weir.

Credit: Andy Butterfield/RNLI Teddington


Memorial service for 25th anniversary of Marchioness riverboat tragedy

A memorial service will be held today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Marchioness riverboat tragedy. 51 people were killed when the boat packed with partygoers when it collided with the dredger Bowbelle and sank in 1989. The names of the dead will be read out at the service at Southwark Cathedral. Two launches will also be provided to allow families to drop flowers at the spot on the river where the accident happened.

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