Chiswick RNLI lifeboat rescues woman stranded in the mud

Lifeboats News Release

At 04.13am on Thursday 8 August 2019 Chiswick RNLI lifeboat was tasked to reports of a woman shouting for help at the mouth of the River Wandle.

Nightime shot of Chiswick crew leaving the lifeboat to attend the casualty on the shore.


Chiswick volunteers leave the lifeboat to assist the casualty on the foreshore.

The lifeboat proceeded at speed and arrived within minutes at the mouth of the River Wandle where it enters the Thames in Wandsworth and started searching for the casualty. The woman was quickly located with the help of Police officers in Marine 2. RNLI Helm, Mark Turrell, carefully manoeuvred the lifeboat between shoals of shingle as the tide was very low.

A safe route across the foreshore was identified and an RNLI crew member and a police officer, who had previously been taken on board the lifeboat, set off towards the casualty. They found a woman in some distress, covered in mud and cold but conscious. It appeared that she had fallen from a height onto the foreshore and hurt her knee so she was unable to walk to safety.

The woman was taken on board the lifeboat and medically assessed by the crew. The lifeboat then landed her at a nearby pier were she was passed into the care of the London Ambulance Service.

RNLI Helm, Mark Turrell, said ‘It was fortunate that the woman’s cries for help were heard as she was getting cold and her location would have been covered by the rising tide before too long. Once again the versatility of the RNLI E class lifeboat was demonstrated, with a shallow draft and water jets, rather than propellors, we were able to approach close to the casualty between the shoals of shingle’

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 over 3,500 incidents and rescued over 1,750 people, and dozens of dogs. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.

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Nightime shot of the lifeboat heading to the pier while the casualty is treated in the bow of the lifeboat.


The Chiswick lifeboat heads to the pier, while the casualty is treated in the bow.

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