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Thames Path among the world's best city hikes

The Thames Path has been named one of the best city hikes in the world by Lonely Planet. The walk, which takes in Battersea Power Station, Westminster and the Thames Barrier, is described as "a London highlights reel". It comes second only to a rainforest trek in Rio De Janeiro.

Source: Lonely Planet Guide

Lifeboat search for man who walked straight into the Thames

One of London’s lifeboats was dispatched on an emergency rescue mission in the Thames this afternoon after a man was seen walking straight into the river.**


Eyewitnesses reported that a fully clothed man was seen walking down into the river by the Oxo Tower until out of his depth, and then disappeared from view.

The RNLI lifeboat crew responded to a call from the Coastguard around 2pm along with a rescue boat from the Met Police. However, after an hour's searching they were called off after finding no trace of the man.

It's understood a further search will take place later this evening.


Water safety warning

"Most of the UK has been basking in glorious sunshine this weekend, and whilst we’d urge people to make the most of it, we’d also remind them of the importance of keeping safe near the water.

In this instance, we really were there in the nick of time, but had it been different, then these four individuals would have ended up in the Thames without life jackets."

– Helmsman Stuart Morrison, Tower RNLI

Last minute Thames rescue

London lifeboat crew members today saved the lives of a group of four - moments before their speedboat sank to the bottom of the Thames.

The crew of Tower RNLI raced to the scene in their lifeboat, pulling all four occupants to safety moments before the boat sank. Credit: RNLI

The drama unfolded around 2pm this afternoon when the group’s boat began taking on water just south of the Millennium Bridge.

Unable to stop taking on water, the group then alerted the Coastguard using their mobile phone, before preparing to abandon ship.

None of the group were wearing lifejackets. Credit: RNLI

With the four relieved occupants safely aboard the lifeboat, the crew were able to tether their boat, whose bow was still sticking out of the water, so that it did not become a hazard to passing vessels.

The Port of London Authority and the Fire Service then arrived on scene to recover the boat. Credit: RNLI


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