'Don’t use the river to cool off', says Chiswick RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat crews at Chiswick are warning people not to lower their guard to the dangers of the Thames during the hot spell as two girls in the water at Fulham were picked up by Chiswick Lifeboat and returned to safety.

E Class lifeboat at speed

RNLI/David Clarke

Chiswick E Class Lifeboat

At 4.30pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018, Chiswick lifeboat was called to a report of persons in the river by Bishop’s Park. On arrival they found two girls paddling in the water.

The foreshore of the Thames can be hazardous with a combination of sharp rocks, clinging mud and discarded bottles and rubbish. The crew took the girls on board, provided blankets and returned them to the steps up to the park.

Chiswick RNLI Helmsman Gavin Simmons said: 'In these sweltering conditions, don’t use the river to cool off. The foreshore can be treacherous and once in the water the tides on the tidal Thames run faster than an Olympic athlete can swim.'

Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station is the second busiest in the UK and Ireland. Since The RNLI search and rescue service on the Thames started in 2002, Chiswick Lifeboat has attended one 3,200 incidents and rescued over 1,620 people. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.

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