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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.

​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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24/10/2014 03:02
24/10/2014 01:48
23/10/2014 22:42
23/10/2014 04:43
23/10/2014 02:02
20/10/2014 23:14
20/10/2014 23:06
20/10/2014 18:27
20/10/2014 16:53
19/10/2014 17:22

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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.

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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

  • Dog walker cut off by tide

    Dog walker cut off by tide

  • Rowing eight pinned against a barge at Dove Pier, River Thames, in January.

    Rowing eight

  • RNLI's Tower lifeboat station by Waterloo Bridge (library pic)

    RNLI's Tower lifeboat station by Waterloo Bridge (library pic)

  • RNLI lifeboat under the London Eye (library pic)

    RNLI lifeboat under London Eye (library pic)

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    Tower RNLI crew by Tower Bridge

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    James Oxley

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    RNLI London lifeboat crew in action

  • Video screen grab of a rescue of a person in the water - library image

    Chiswick screen grab Xmas plea

  • Flood Rescue Team stock image of St Asaph floods in 2012.

    Flood Rescue Team stock image of St Asaph floods in 2012

  • Boscombe lifeguards on a snowy beach at Christmas.

    Boscombe lifeguards on a snowy beach at Christmas

  • RNLI 4x4 vehicle towing Seahouses D-class inshore lifeboat along the harbour in the snow.

    Seashouses inshore lifeboat in the snow

  • Dungeness mersey class lifeboat Pride and Spirit 12-27 being launched by tractor in the snow.

    Dungeness mersey class lifeboat in the snow

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    Medical evacuation by river

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  • Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

    Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

  • RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

    RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

  • Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

    Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

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    Tower 2 Tour Tim Ash

  • Tower lifeboat volunteer Giles Harrison begins the Channel Swim from Shakespeare Beach, Dover

    Tower 2 Tour Channel swim start

  • The Tower 2 Tour team at the beginning of their London to Paris relay triathlon

    Tower 2 Tour - the start

  • Nick Sammons after his stint swimming the Channel through the night

    Tower lifeboat volunteer Nick Sammons

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    Tower 2 Tour swimming leg

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    Tower 2 Tour awaiting channel swim

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    Tower 2 Tour team arrive at Dover

  • Tower lifeboat under the London Eye (library picture)

    Tower lifeboat under the London Eye (library picture)

  • The winning Big Lifeboat Pull team from BAM Nuttall with Arbroath RNLI lifeboat in Hyde Park

    The winning Big Lifeboat Pull team from BAM Nuttall with Arbroath RNLI lifeboat in Hyde Park

  • The Aberdeen Asset Management team pull their weight in the RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull in Hyde Park

    The Aberdeen Asset Management team pull their weight in the RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull in Hyde Park

  • BAM Nuttall team with their winning RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull time in Hyde Park

    BAM Nuttall team with their winning RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull time in Hyde Park

  • Dave Steenvoorden, Humber RNLI coxswain and official Big Lifeboat Pull commentator in Hyde Park

    Dave Steenvoorden, Humber RNLI coxswain and official Big Lifeboat Pull commentator in Hyde Park

  • Windsor and Eton Brewery team pull the Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park for RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull

    Windsor and Eton Brewery pull the Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park for RNLI Big Lifeboat Pull

  • BAM Nuttall, team winners of the RNLI's Big Lifeboat Pull 2013 pull a Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park

    BAM Nuttall, winners of the RNLI's Big Lifeboat Pull take a Mersey class lifeboat through Hyde Park

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    London lifeboat crew memebrs preparing for their relay triathlon

  • The ingenious temporary repair - including a traffic cone - which enabled the boat to be stabilised.

    The ingenious temporary repair - including a traffic cone - which enabled the boat to be stabilised.

  • The stricken Dunkirk little ship alongside Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station in central London

    The stricken Dunkirk little ship alongside Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station in central London

  • The scene close to Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station

    The scene close to Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station

  • Tower volunteer crew member Stephen Wheatley on his soapbax at the station, sharing a rescue story to promote the #SaveWave campaign.

    Volunteer crew member Stephen Wheatley on his soapbox

  • Tower Lifeboat Station volunteer crew member Stephen Wheatley on one of the station's lifeboats with a #SaveWave poster.

    Volunteer crew member Stephen Wheatley at Tower Lifeboat Station

  • Tower RNLI rescue four from sinking speedboat

    Tower RNLI rescue four from sinking speedboat

  • Tower RNLI rescue four from sinking speedboat

    Tower RNLI rescue four from sinking speedboat

  • Four saved as speedboat sinks

    Four saved as speedboat sinks

  • “Never mind the rain, dear” – 500 RNLI supporters brave heavy rain for Hampstead Heath fundraiser

    “Never mind the rain, dear” – 500 RNLI supporters brave heavy rain for Hampstead Heath fundraiser

  • London lifeboat crew reward Westminster's top kid kayakers

    London lifeboat crew reward Westminster's top kid kayakers

  • RNLI XI Victorious Over Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Team

    RNLI XI Victorious Over Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Team

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat launched to collision involving Thames passenger vessel and rowing skiff

    Tower RNLI lifeboat launched to collision involving Thames passenger vessel and rowing skiff

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat crew involved in rescue of 106 people from the Thames on Saturday

    Tower RNLI lifeboat crew involved in rescue of 106 people from the Thames on Saturday

  • Rivers aficionado Griff Rhys Jones backs lifeboatmen’s 215-mile Thames paddle from source to sea

    Rivers aficionado Griff Rhys Jones backs lifeboatmen’s 215-mile Thames paddle from source to sea

  • Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea

    Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea-3

  • Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea

    Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea-2

  • Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea

    Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea-1

  • Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea

    Thames lifeboatmen prepare for 215-mile charity paddle from the source to the sea

  • Presenter of the Capital FM Breakfast Show joined the crew at Tower RNLI Lifeboat Station to show his support for London Lifeboat Day 2013.

    Captial FM Presenter Dave Berry supports London Lifeboat Day

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    Tower RNLI assist pinned barge and cruiser

  • Tower RNLI Lifeboat crew involved in multi-agency rescue of man from the River Thames

    Tower RNLI Lifeboat crew involved in multi-agency rescue of man from the River Thames

  • RNLI lifeguards in London to receive gallantry award

    RNLI lifeguards in London to receive gallantry award

  • Bembridge in the blood, but these three siblings will tackle the Thames to support lifeboat station

    Bembridge in the blood, but these three siblings will tackle the Thames to support lifeboat station-2

  • Bembridge in the blood, but these three siblings will tackle the Thames to support lifeboat station

    Bembridge in the blood, but these three siblings will tackle the Thames to support lifeboat station-1

  • Bembridge in the blood, but these three siblings will tackle the Thames to support lifeboat station

    Bembridge in the blood, but these three siblings will tackle the Thames to support lifeboat station

  • RNLI fundraisers hope to benefit from Londoners’ support for lifeboats

    RNLI fundraisers hope to benefit from Londoners’ support for lifeboats

  • RNLI lifeboats in London on standby again as Tamil protesters gather in central London

    RNLI lifeboats in London on standby again as Tamil protesters gather in central London

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    Benjamin Leroux

  • Ghislain Acher and Benjamin Leroux register ahead of the Virgin London Marathon

    Winemakers

  • Photograph of three lifeboat crew collecting on LLD in 1932

    London Lifeboat Day 1932

  • Tower RNLI assists in saving man at Sri Lanka demonstration from Thames

    Tower RNLI assists in saving man at Sri Lanka demonstration from Thames

  • Pole position performance by legend Murray Walker and celebrity guests for the RNLI

    Pole position performance by legend Murray Walker and celebrity guests for the RNLI-2

  • Pole position performance by legend Murray Walker and celebrity guests for the RNLI

    Pole position performance by legend Murray Walker and celebrity guests for the RNLI-1

  • Pole position performance by legend Murray Walker and celebrity guests for the RNLI

    Pole position performance by legend Murray Walker and celebrity guests for the RNLI

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI-3

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

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  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI-1

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

  • Legendary F1 commentator ready to uncork an evening of beaujolais and bluff in aid of the RNLI

    Legendary F1 commentator ready to uncork an evening of beaujolais and bluff in aid of the RNLI

  • Clifford Chance fundraising abseil to help the RNLI go on saving lives in London

    Clifford Chance fundraising abseil to help the RNLI go on saving lives in London

  • 469ft abseil to help the RNLI’s lifesaving work in London

    469ft abseil to help the RNLI’s lifesaving work in London

  • Tower RNLI lifeboat rescue dog at Greenwich cut off by the tide

    Tower RNLI lifeboat rescue dog at Greenwich cut off by the tide

  • RNLI lifeboats play a major role in emergency exercise on the Thames

    RNLI lifeboats play a major role in emergency exercise on the Thames

 

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Lifeboat name:
 The Legacy

Lifeboat class: E class (Mk1)

Read more about the E class


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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.