Ninth dog walker rescued by Chiswick RNLI crew in 2018

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.35am on Monday morning 19 November 2018 Chiswick lifeboat crew responded to a report of a woman and her dog in the water downstream from Hammersmith Bridge. Four minutes later they arrived to find a woman in the Thames at the foot of the river wall.

Dog walker rescued from the Thames


Dog walker rescued from the Thames

Monty, a four month old rescue dog from Battersea Dog’s Home, had chased some birds and careered off the riverside path into the Thames. The owner had clambered down a ladder and got hold of the dog.

She then managed to get Monty up to her friend above but the strong rising tide made it impossible for her to get back to the ladder. She was standing in around metre of water so it was straightforward for the crew to get her into the lifeboat; within half an hour the water would have risen another metre.

The crew gave her blankets and treated her for some minor grazes. Since she had been in the water, they advised her to visit A&E to enquire about getting a tetanus injection. The woman was very grateful for the crew for rescuing her and was in good spirits. Her main concern, after knowing that she and her dog were safe, was that her friend might be late for yoga.

As she was otherwise uninjured she was landed at the steps in Bishop’s Park close to her friend’s house.

This was the ninth dog related rescue for Chiswick RNLI in 2018. Helmsman Glen Monroe commented: ‘ We learnt that the woman’s friend had immediately called HM Coastguard on 999. Her swift action significantly reduced the time it took for us to reach the casualty. It was a cool morning, with wet clothing in a fierce easterly wind she was cooling rapidly. The fast response meant she needed no further treatment beyond the initial first aid.’

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 RNLI Lifeboat has attended over 3,500 incidents and rescued over 1,730 people. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.

RNLI media contacts

  • David Clarke RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Chiswick), 07951 21 0500
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825,
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
Dog walker in the Thames


Dog walker in the Thames

Key facts about the RNLI

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, in a normal year, 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.