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RNLI 'Mayday' appeal

RNLI lifeboat crews in the capital have saved 420 lives since they began operating on the River Thames.

Its national fundraising campaign 'Mayday' kick's off in the capital today with fundraisers collecting at stations throughout the capital.

Watch as two young rowers are rescued from Thames

The RNLI have released video of two young rowers being rescued from the River Thames after their boat capsized. The youngsters managed to climb aboard their coach's boat, only to find the engine had failed.

The incident happened on Thursday, luckily no one required medical attention.

t was important that we were able to use the speed of the lifeboat to reach the young rowers quickly, as they were soaked through and getting colder by the minute in the strong easterly wind.’

– Glen Monroe, Chiswick RNLI


Have-a-go hero plunges into the Thames near the London Eye after seeing man jump from a bridge

A have-a-go hero plunged into the River Thames this morning to help a man, who moments earlier, jumped from a bridge. An RNLI crew was called to the London Eye where rescuers found two men in the water at around 7am. One had jumped from the pedestrian footpath alongside Charing Cross rail bridge.

Ben Corr, a 36 year old statistician, had been running to work on the South Bank when he was flagged down by a woman. He said:

"The lady was quite shaken up – she was pointing to a man in the river and said she’d just seen him jump from the bridge. She was clutching a life ring but wanted some help in throwing it out to him.

"I did try but he was quite far out and the ring missed him. He was just flailing in the water. At first I held back because I know the emergency services always advise the public not to enter the water in times like that, in case they get into danger as well.

"But after a moment I decided I had to – so I climbed down onto the foreshore, entered the river, and swam across to him."


Stunning London red sky captured by lifeboat worker

A stunning image of London's red morning sky has been captured by London's lifeboat service.

A lifeboat helmsman took the image at the end of his night shift, Tower RNLI said.

A misty image of Tower Bridge taken last week by the lifeboat service has been retweeted over 29,000 times.

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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