Three Thames shouts and training test for Teddington RNLI this week
Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station on the River Thames has had an unusually busy week, with three shouts by Wednesday, a training exercise with Turk Launches and assessments for the station's helms by colleagues at Chiswick RNLI.
Monday evening was a particularly cold night on the river when crew at Teddington RNLI were tasked at 10.45pm to assist in the search for a missing person around Teddington lock and Twickenham road bridge. The station's two boats were stood down after approximately two hours of searching.
Tuesday evening saw a spring like evening and a joint training exercise with Turks, a local tourist boat operator, on board the Kingston Royale. Nick Tudor, a skipper with Turks, said: ‘Any joint training exercise is a free opportunity for us to learn how to handle casualties on board, and we are always humbled by the commitment shown by RNLI volunteers.’ The training finished with pizza for all involved, which went down well with the crew.
On Tuesday night, our pagers once again brought us out of our slumber at 12.29am to assist a casualty with suspected hypothermia on a boat in Richmond.
Helm Tim James said: ‘We realised immediately that the casualty needed urgent medical attention, as he had obviously been in the water, with relief all round when the casualty was helped onto the lifeboat and then safely handed over to London Ambulance waiting on the riverbank.’
Wednesday night's shout sent two boats to a multi-agency search at 8.09pm for a casualty in the water upstream of Kingston road bridge. The incident involved police officers from both Richmond and Kingston, London Fire Brigade, including some of their water search units, London Ambulance and the London Ambulance HART unit, as well as a police helicopter.
Crew aboard one of Teddington RNLI's lifeboats (crewed by Jon Chapman (Helm), Chris Gibson, Paul Stallard and Andy Cowell) worked with the London Fire Brigade's Water Search Unit boat based at Heston to recover the casualty from the water. The casualty was handed immediately to London Ambulance.
Teddington RNLI's second boat (crewed by Jon Barker (Helm), Howard Evans, Kay Whittaker and Gianna Saccomani) arrived at the entry point just as the casualty was recovered, having just completed an extensive search search downstream from where the casualty entered the water.
Speaking about Wednesday night's shout, Helm Jon Chapman, who was on two of the week's three shouts, said: ‘There was excellent teamwork and communication throughout between all the emergency services teams involved at this incident and the level of persistence and dedication of all involved was humbling. Our lifeboat crews and the shore crew who helped launch them were a key part of this amazing joint effort.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.