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  • Saved from drowning in the River Thames

    When two Spanish tourists got into trouble in the River Thames, a London bar worker tried to save them, only to end up fighting for his own life.

    Luckily all three were rescued by Tower lifeboat crew.

    See the dramatic rescue
    Tower lifeboat crew racing down the Thames in their E class lifeboat Hurley Burley
  • An innovation that lives on

    We've been saving lives on the Thames since 2002 and today Tower is our busiest lifeboat station, launching 543 times last year.

    Our E class lifeboat is the fastest in our fleet and was specially designed to meet the demands of the busy river.

    Watch a day in the life
    The iconic sights of London from the Thames including Tower’s E class lifeboat
  • Join the race to name a lifeboat

    On 10 April, 250 miniature lifeboats will be launched down the River Thames in the RNLI Alternative Boat Race.

    The prize – the exclusive chance to name a D class lifeboat.

    Are you in?

    Sign up today
    The miniature lifeboats on the Thames during the first RNLI Alternative Boat Race in 2014
Saved from drowning in the River Thames
See the dramatic rescue

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI launch to yacht aground on rocks

25 March 2015

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The Lifeboat Book

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Shorething! 7–14 year olds

The RNLI’s site for young people is crammed full of activities, games and videos.

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Latest lifeboat launches

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Latest launches

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