Queen's Jubilee barge crashes into bridge

The barge collided with Kew road bridge late yesterday afternoon.
The barge collided with Kew road bridge late yesterday afternoon. Credit: RNLI /www.chiswicklifeboat.org.uk/

The Queen's Jubilee barge Gloriana has crashed into a bridge whilst sailing down the Thames.

The ornate vessel, which played a starring role in last year's Diamond Jubilee pageant, has been damaged after hitting Kew road bridge in west London.

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A lifeboat crew from Chiswick RNLI was called out late yesterday afternoon to help free the vessel, carrying four passengers, which had become wedged under the bridge. A spokesman for RNLI Chiswick said:

"There was a small impact with the Gloriana. That was because the lifeboat was trying to get itself between the Gloriana and the stone bridge. The damage was quite minor to both vessels."

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