Tower RNLI lifeboat in race against time to rescue woman trapped under barge

Lifeboats News Release

Tower RNLI lifeboat crew rescued a woman who had fallen into the Thames on Sunday afternoon (Sunday 31 March).

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The woman had fallen into the river from the Tattershall Castle floating pub on Victoria Embankment near Westminster and became trapped alongside a large 95ft barge.

Tower lifeboat crew launched at 4.27pm and on reaching the scene it became clear that the woman’s life was in grave danger from drowning or being crushed by the barge. Due to the casualty’s location and tidal conditions there was no other vessel that would have been able to access her. Furthermore, landside rescue units would have taken considerable time which, given the situation, was not available.

The woman was recovered from the water by the crew at 4.32pm and was given first aid onboard before being handed over to London Ambulance Service at Lifeboat Pier.

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