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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.

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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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