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Young rowers rescued after capsize

Lifeboats News Release

At 15.05 on Wednesday 8 May Chiswick RNLI lifeboat launched after the coastguard reported a capsized ‘eight’ by Chiswick Eyot.

screen shot from boat cam - capsized eight

RNLI/David Clarke

screen shot from boat cam - capsized eight

The lifeboat crew arrived 90 seconds after leaving Chiswick Pier to find the young rowers clinging to the hull of the upturned vessel which was being swept along by a strong flooding tide. Two coaches launches were on scene. Four of the rowers managed to get on board the coaches’ launches before being transferred to the lifeboat, the other five (including the cox) were pulled out of the water by the lifeboat crew. They were all given blankets and taken back in the lifeboat to their base in Putney.

RNLI helmsman Andy Mayo commented ‘As the incident was close to the station we reached the rowers in the water before the situation deteriorated. We gave them blankets to stop them getting any colder and returned them to their base, unharmed and in good spirits.’

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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