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.
This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?
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Rescuers raced against a rising tide to save a man who suffered spinal injuries after he fell 25ft from the River Thames wall onto the exposed riverbed below at Woolwich in East London.
Cries for help from onlookers along the banks of the River Thames helped London’s Tower RNLI lifeboat crew save the life of a man struggling to keep his head above water.
A driver who fell asleep in a car on London’s Waterloo Bridge inadvertently sparked an emergency search of the River Thames by an RNLI lifeboat crew.
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Tower Lifeboat StationRNLI Lifeboat PierVictoria EmbankmentWestminsterLondonWC2R 2PP
02072 403 978
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By appointment only
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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.
Lifeboat name: The Legacy
Lifeboat class: E class (Mk1)
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Lifeboat name: Raymond Lusty
Lifeboat name: Hurley Burly
Lifeboat class: E class (Mk2)
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.
2011A 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.
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