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Gravesend RNLI attend multi-agency tasking of large fire near River Thames

Lifeboats News Release

At 11:10pm Tuesday 11 July, HM Coastguard tasked Gravesend RNLI to reports of a large out of control fire at Lower Hope Reach near Cliffe.

Thames Commander Liam Sidders said, ‘The call was made by a cargo ship to London VTS (Vessel Traffic Services), we arrived on scene at Lower Hope Reach on the South Shore of the River Thames five minutes later'.

‘We saw a group of people with a large out of control bonfire, with us being in communication with HM Coastguard it was noted additional assistance was required'.

Further emergency agencies including London Fire Brigade’s ERRINGTON fire boat, Kent Fire & Rescue Services and Medway Coastguard were also tasked.

‘We remained on scene giving vital updates until the other agencies arrived on scene and the fire was under control and eventually extinguished’.

‘The captain of the passing cargo ship did the right thing to notify London VTS. If a member of the public ever spots a danger on or near the River Thames, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.

Gravesend RNLI’s Atlantic 85 B-827 Olive Laura Deare II lifeboat was then stood down, fuelled and made ready for service by 00:47am.

RNLI Media Contacts

For further information, please contact:

Ashley Bard, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Gravesend RNLI email [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (London and South East), on 07785 296 252 or email [email protected]

Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager (South East), on 07827 358 256 or email [email protected]

RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected]

Fraser Gray

Gravesend RNLI's Atlantic 85 and LFB Fire Boat ERRINGTON

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