Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat crew rescue ‘Cassie’ and her owner cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.11 on Tuesday 29 August 2019 Chiswick RNLI responded to a call about a person stranded on Chiswick Eyot. They arrived to find Cassie and her owner safe and well but unable to get off the island.

The crew brought the lifeboat onto the foreshore of the island and helped them on board. After a short trip they were landed at Chiswick Pier, no worse for wear.

RNLI helmsman Glen Monroe commented ‘In the upper tideway the flood tide takes only four hours to come in so at can rise at over 1.5m an hour, quickly cutting people off who have walked to the islands at low water. At spring tides low lying islands like Chiswick Eyot can be completely inundated. Some walkers are not aware that the river is tidal and how fast the current is. With our RNLI E-class lifeboat specifically design for Thames conditions we are able to reach these incidents quickly before anyone comes to harm.’

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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Boarding the lifeboat

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Boarding the lifeboat
Safely on board

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Safely on board
'Cassie' waiting to go ashore

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'Cassie' waiting to go ashore

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