Broken down cruiser towed to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Chiswick Lifeboat was requested to launch at 15.06 on Sunday afternoon, 26 May to a report of a motor vessel drifting near Kew.

The lifeboat arrived by Oliver’s Ait at 15.11 to find an umpire’s launch holding a tow to a small motor cruiser with 6 persons on board. The lifeboat took over the tow and manoeuvred the cruiser to the PLA pontoon opposite Strand-on-the-Green.

The boat’s owner had arranged for a friend from Richmond to give him a tow, so with all on board safe, the lifeboat returned to the station.

Helmsman Andy Mayo said ‘The owner told us that the vessel had run aground while avoiding rowers in the middle of the river; as a result his prop was damaged and so he lost control of the vessel. He was able to call for assistance and we arrived on scene within 5 minutes ensuring that the situation did not become more serious’

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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Motor cruiser with alongside tow

RNLI/David Clarke

Motor cruiser with alongside tow
Crew setting up tow of disabled cruiser

RNLI/David Clarke

Crew setting up tow of disabled cruiser

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