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Thames freight traffic trebles

The amount of cargo being transported down the river has risen dramatically. Credit: ITN

The amount of freight moved through London on the River Thames has trebled over the last four years.

The Port of London Authority says that 5.3 million tonnes was moved in 2013 - a 62% rise on the 2012 figure.

The majority of the increase was down to an extra 1.8 million tonnes of spoil being transported from construction projects, particularly the cross-London Crossrail scheme.

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RNLI: Incident is a life saved

"This incident has been recorded as a life saved as there were no other boats in the area at the time and I don’t think anyone was actually aware he was in the water.

He was incredibly fortunate in that respect.

We still don’t know how he came to be in the water but due to an unusual twist of fate we managed to avoid one more fatality on the River Thames last night.

That first person who was threatening to jump from London Bridge probably has no idea that, all things considered, he saved another man’s life."

– Toni Scarr, volunteer lifeboat crew member for Tower RNLI

Man's threat to jump from London Bridge leads to stranger's life being saved

A man threatening to throw himself into the Thames inadvertently saved the life of a stranger who was drowning in the river below.

Such rescues are only possible due to voluntary contributions to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity. Credit: RNLI/James Oxley

Tower RNLI crew say they would never have spotted a person in the water if it wasn't for the callout to reports of someone on a ledge and ready to jump at London Bridge late on Wednesday evening.

By the time they arrived police had managed to talk the man down, but the crew spotted someone else on the bridge pointing towards the water.

It was then that they spotted the person in the river, desperately struggling to keep his head above the water as he was dragged down by a large duffel coat.

When they pulled him out, the crew found he was suffering from hypothermia and he was taken to hospital.

The RNLI say they don't know how the person ended up in the water, but he was said to have been alert and apologetic when he was attended to by crews.

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Satellite image shows surface water runoff after floods

The dark brown area shows the surface water runoff from the recent floods. It happens when the soil is so saturated excess water from rain flows over the land.

Three-foot deep sinkhole appears in south London street

A sinkhole has appeared in a street in south London. The Sutton Guardian reports the hole is around three feet deep and swallowed the wheel of a car in Maldon Road in Wallington.

Sinkholes are caused when the underlying rock is washed away - more exactly by the acid picked up by rain water as it passes through rotting vegetation.

That creates cavities underground which streams can flow through - the more water that flows the quicker the erosion.

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