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Tower RNLI lifeboat crew search Thames following helicopter crash at Vauxhall

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Tim Ash
Public Relations Manager at London.

Start quote‘The lifeboat crew and police are carrying out a detailed search of the river and the shoreline in that area along with other emergency services.’ End quote

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Lifeboats Statement

  • Date:
    16/01/2013
  • Author: Tim Ash

The crew at Tower RNLI lifeboat station in central London launched the lifeboat at the request of London Coastguard this morning to search the river following a helicopter crash in Vauxhall.

London Coastguard requested the lifeboat crew launch as part of the wider emergency service response to this incident, in which a helicopter crashed to the ground in Wandsworth Road.

The site of the crash is a few hundred yards from the River Thames. Ian Dunkley, Thames RNLI Duty Manager, said:

‘The lifeboat crew and police are carrying out a detailed search of the river and the shoreline in that area along with other emergency services.’

The RNLI Tower lifeboat has now (10.20am) been stood down with nothing found.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea and on the River Thames in London.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland