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Tower Lifeboat Station

Tower Lifeboat Station is one of the RNLI’s newest lifeboat stations and one of four lifeboat stations operating on the River Thames – the first stations to specifically cover a river rather than estuarial waters or the sea.

 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
27/04/2016 21:02
25/04/2016 17:49
23/04/2016 20:18
22/04/2016 10:05
21/04/2016 03:04
20/04/2016 23:34
17/04/2016 22:24
17/04/2016 19:10
14/04/2016 16:36
13/04/2016 14:58

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Next event

  • London Mayday Welly Walk

    08/05/2016

    Get your wellies on and join us for a Thames Path Welly Walk to celebrate the work of our volunteer crew members!

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Station address:

Tower Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboat Pier
Victoria Embankment
Westminster
London
WC2R 2PP

Station telephone:

02072 403 978 

Station email:

tower@rnli.org.uk

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

Visitor contact email:

Andrew Stewart

visits@towerrnli.org.uk

Visitor contact telephone:

07516 000249

RNLI crew 

Specific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • RNLI Helm Craig Burn

    RNLI Helm Craig Burn

  • RNLI Helm Craig Burn

    RNLI Helm Craig Burn

  • Nick Ayers, RNLI lifeguard supervisor from Norfolk, who will be lifeguarding at the boat race

    Nick Ayers, RNLI lifeguard supervisor from Norfolk, who will be lifeguarding at the boat race

  • Chiswick RNLI lifeboat crew at the boat race 2014

    Chiswick RNLI lifeboat crew at the boat race 2014

  • Library image of an RNLI lifeguard in the surf

    Library image of an RNLI lifeguard in the surf

  • Tower E-class lifeboat Hurley Burley E-07

    Tower E-class lifeboat Hurley Burley E-07

  • Tower RNLI at night

    Tower RNLI at night

  • Lady Rose Crossman, Fundraising President of Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI Guild – MBE

    o Lady Rose Crossman, Fundraising President of Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI Guild – MBE

  • Janet Kelly,  RNLI Tower, MBE

    Janet Kelly, RNLI Tower, MBE

  • David Whiteley, RNLI Hoylake, BEM

    David Whiteley, RNLI Hoylake, BEM

  • Ray Chapman, RNLI Skegness, MBE

    Ray Chapman, RNLI Skegness, MBE

  • Richard Spindler, RNLI Weston-super-Mare, MBE

    Richard Spindler, RNLI Weston-super-Mare, MBE

  • Top left to right - Ray Chapman, Janet Kelly, Richard Spindler. Bottom left to right - David Whiteley, Lady Rose Crossman

    Five RNLI staff annd volunteers are rescognised in the New Year Honours

  • Respect The Water

    Respect The Water

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat crew

    Tower RNLI lifeboat crew

  • Respect The Water

    Respect The Water

  • RNLI lifeboat crewman Mick Nield is one of few to reach 1,000 emergency launch milestone.

    RNLI lifeboat crewman Mick Nield

  • RNLI lifeboat crewman Mick Nield is one of few to reach 1,000 emergency launch milestone.

    RNLI lifeboat crewman Mick Nield

  • RNLI lifeboat crewman Mick Nield is one of few to reach 1,000 emergency launch milestone.

    RNLI lifeboat crewman Mick Nield

  • Tower RNLI

    Tower RNLI

  • Tower lifeboat station at night.

    Tower lifeboat station at night.

  • RNLI mascot Stormy Stan enjoying the Lord Mayor's Show 2015

    RNLI mascot Stormy Stan enjoying the Lord Mayor's Show 2015

  • RNLI lifeboat volunteers walking alongside the state of the art Shannon class lifeboat in London

    RNLI lifeboat volunteers walking alongside the state of the art Shannon class lifeboat in London

  • RNLI volunteers interacting with the crowd during the Lord Mayor Show 2015

    RNLI volunteers interacting with the crowd during the Lord Mayor Show 2015

  • The RNLI's all-weather Shannon class lifeboat amongst the City streets of London with the Leadenhall building and 30 St Mary Axe in the background

    The RNLI's all-weather Shannon class lifeboat amongst the City streets of London

  • RNLI lifeguard patrol vehicle from Ramsgate driving through London. Driven by James Uren, RNLI lifeguard manager in Thanet and Swale

    RNLI lifeguard patrol vehicle from Ramsgate driven by James Uren, RNLI lifeguard manager

  • RNLI Heritage Engagement Manager Katie Smith at the 2015 Lord Mayors Show with the RNLI's latest all-weather Shannon class lifeboat

    RNLI Heritage Engagement Manager Katie Smith at the 2015 Lord Mayors Show with the RNLI's latest all

  • RNLI Lifeguard patrol vehicle which will be part of the float in the Lord Mayor's Show this weekend

    RNLI Lifeguard patrol vehicle which will be part of the float in the Lord Mayor's Show this weekend

  • RNLI all-weather Shannon class lifeboat to be paraded through London in the Lord Mayor's Show

    RNLI all-weather Shannon class lifeboat to be paraded through London in the Lord Mayor's Show

  • Lord Mayor Show, London - first public appearance of the Anniversary Taxi and Road Show Truck 1998

    Lord Mayor Show, London - first public appearance of the Anniversary Taxi and Road Show Truck 1998

  • Lord Mayor Show, London. Stormy Stan with 175 Taxi (driver, Peter Neville)1998

    Lord Mayor Show, London. Stormy Stan with 175 Taxi (driver, Peter Neville) 1998

  • Tower E-class lifeboat moving from left to right, three crew on board, London Eye in the background.

    Tower E-class lifeboat moving from left to right, three crew on board, London Eye in the background.

  • Keith Cima, London's Tower RNLI lifeboat station helmsman

    Keith Cima, London's Tower RNLI lifeboat station helmsman

  • Front cover of the RNLI's children's book: The Big Christmas Rescue.

    The Big Christmas Rescue front cover

  • Teddington RNLI lifeboat patrolling

    Teddington RNLI lifeboat patrolling

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat crew near the London Eye

    Tower RNLI lifeboat crew near the London Eye

  • Chiswick RNLI lifeboat in action

    Chiswick RNLI lifeboat in action

  • Sheerness RNLI lifeoat

    Sheerness RNLI lifeoat

  • Southend RNLI lifeboat at Southend Pier

    Southend RNLI lifeboat at Southend Pier

  • Gravesend RNLI lifeboat (library image)

    Gravesend RNLI lifeboat (library image)

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat at Tower Bridge

    Tower RNLI lifeboat at Tower Bridge

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat helmsman Stan Todd

    Tower RNLI lifeboat helmsman Stan Todd

  • RNLI tonne of water at Kingston

    RNLI tonne of water at Kingston

  • RNLI Tonne of water at Twickenham

    RNLI Tonne of water at Twickenham

  • RNLI Tonne of water at Richmond

    RNLI Tonne of water at Richmond

  • RNLI Tonne of water at Tower Bridge

    RNLI Tonne of water at Tower Bridge

  • RNLI Tonne of water at Tower Bridge

    RNLI Tonne of water at Tower Bridge

  • London's Tower RNLI lifeboat in action

    London's Tower RNLI lifeboat in action

  • London's Tower RNLI lifeboat crew

    London's Tower RNLI lifeboat crew

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat

    Tower RNLI lifeboat

  • Steffan Ciccotti, Volunteer crew member at Tower lifeboat station, drinking a cup of RNLI tea-free tea.

    Steffan Ciccotti, Volunteer crew member at Tower lifeboat station

  • Image of the Apple Watch displaying H2Only app content.

    H2Only app - Apple Watch display

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat

    Tower RNLI lifeboat

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat station

    Tower RNLI lifeboat station

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat

    Tower RNLI lifeboat

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat crew catch man as he falls towards the River Thames.

    Tower RNLI lifeboat crew catch man as he falls towards the River Thames

  • Tower RNLI in action

    Tower RNLI in action

  • Tower RNLI station manager Kevin Maynard

    Tower RNLI station manager Kevin Maynard

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat station's stats board

    Tower RNLI lifeboat station's stats board

  • London's Tower RNLI lifeboat in action

    London's Tower RNLI lifeboat in action

  • London's Tower RNLI lifeboat crew save the life of a man from the River Thames

    London's Tower RNLI lifeboat crew save the life of a man from the River Thames

  • RNLI

    RNLI

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    The crew care for the man rescued from the River Thames

  • RNLI helmsman Stan Todd

    RNLI helmsman Stan Todd

  • RNLI crewman Stan Todd

    RNLI crewman Stan Todd

  • Penlee lifeboat in the snow

    Penlee lifeboat in the snow

  • Swimmers take part in New Year's Day dip at Looe

    Swimmers take part in New Year's Day dip at Looe

  • London's Tower lifeboat crew

    London's Tower lifeboat crew

  • Children's TV presenter Chris Jarvis at Tower lifeboat station, holding a copy of The Big Christmas Rescue book.

    Chris Jarvis at Tower lifeboat station

  • A boy reading The Big Christmas Rescue children's book in his bedroom.

    Boy reading the RNLI's Christmas book

  • TV presenter Chris Jarvis reads The Big Christmas Rescue children's book at Tower lifeboat station in London.

    Chris Jarvis reading the RNLI's Christmas book

  • TV presenter Chris Jarvis on Tower lifeboat station's E class lifeboat, with a copy of The Big Christmas Rescue book.

    Chris Jarvis at Tower lifeboat station

  • Children's TV presenter Chris Jarvis on Tower lifeboat station's E class lifeboat with a copy of The Big Christmas Rescue book.

    Chris Jarvis with The Big Christmas Rescue book

  • Children's TV presenter Chris Jarvis reading The Big Christmas Rescue book at Tower lifeboat station.

    Chris Jarvis reading The Big Christmas Rescue

  • Children's TV presenter Chris Jarvis on Tower lifeboat station's E class lifeboat with a copy of The Big Christmas Rescue book.

    Chris Jarvis at Tower lifeboat station with the Christmas book

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    Tower RNLI lifeboat

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    Tower RNLI assist passenger boat

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    Tower RNLI lifeboat station

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    Ben Corr

  • Pictured l-r are Stuart Morrison, Craig Burn, and Jenny Barrett

    Tower crew

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    Millennium Diamond 3

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    Millennium Bridge

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    Thames passenger boat collision

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    Boris Johnson visits Chiswick 5

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    Boris Johnson visits Chiswick RNLI 4

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    Boris Johnson visits Chiswick RNLI 3

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    Boris Johnson visits Chiswick RNLI

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    Boris Johnson at Chiswick RNLI 1

  • Boris Johnson visits Chiswick lifeboat station

    Boris Johnson visits Chiswick lifeboat station

  • Boris Johnson visits Chiswick lifeboat station

    Boris Johnson visits Chiswick lifeboat station

  • RNLI and police pull man from River Thames

    RNLI and police pull man from River Thames

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    Tower RNLI lifeboat station in London

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    Andrea Vaughan

  • Two RNLI crew members start collectecting the mini Severn class lifeboats from the Thames after the RNLI Alternative Boat Race finsihed.

    RNLI crew members collecting the model lifeboats

  • Olympic medalist Rob Williams starts the first ever RNLI Alternative Boat Race on the Thames on Sunday 6 April 2014.

    Olympic rower Rob Williams starts the Alternative Boat Race

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    Tower RNLI crew (library picture)

  • RNLI London lifeboat

    RNLI London lifeboat

  • RNLI London lifeboat at the London Eye

    RNLI London lifeboat at the London Eye

  • RNLI London lifeboat

    RNLI London lifeboat

  • RNLI London lifeboat and London Eye

    RNLI London lifeboat and London Eye

 

Image of lifeboat
 



Lifeboat name:
 The Legacy

Lifeboat class: E class (Mk1)

Read more about the E class


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Raymond Lusty

Lifeboat class: E class (Mk1)

Read more about the E class


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Lifeboat name:
Hurley Burly

Lifeboat class: E class (Mk2)

Read more about the E class

2001
A new search and rescue service for the River Thames was announced on 22 January. The RNLI was asked by the Government to provide lifeboat cover, the first time specifically covering a river rather than estuarial waters. This came as a result of the findings of the Thames Safety Inquiries into the collision between the pleasure cruiser The Marchioness and the dredger Bowbelle, which resulted in the loss of 51 lives in 1989.

2002
A lifeboat station was established at Tower Pier. A 40-knot E class lifeboat was placed on service at 1200 on 2 January when the new search and rescue arrangements for the tidal reaches of the River Thames came into operation.

The station is manned continuously to provide an immediate response and is coordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency from a Port of London Authority operations room at the Thames Barrier. Two of the three-person crew at each station are full time and the third crew member is a volunteer. This enables the boats to arrive at any incident within 15 minutes.

2004 
A special framed certificate, signed by Surgeon Rear Admiral F Golden and the Chief Executive, was presented to Helmsman Mike Sinacola, Mechanic Michael Neild and Crew Member Will Lawrie for the first aid carried out on a seriously injured woman in front of a shocked crowd of onlookers during a service on 2 May.

2006
New facilities on the Thames at Waterloo Pier were completed.

2011
A new Mk 2 E class lifeboat, Hurley Burly, was delivered to the Thames to be shared between Tower and Chiswick Lifeboat Stations in November 2011, and will be joined by two sister boats early in 2012.