As London Lifeboat Week launched yesterday, the Tower lifeboat was scrambled to reports of a man stuck on an abandoned jetty.
Today volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will take to the streets in their yellow jackets and oilskins to collect donations for the charity.
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Luton-born Natalie Crichlow, 44, was visiting family in the West Indies when she was allegedly attacked by an unknown intruder in a bedroom.
Payne said the London event had been cancelled due to bad weather.
Work began on the project ten years ago and it should have been ready last year.