London lifeboat station busiest in UK – rescuing more than one person a day from the Thames

London’s Tower lifeboat station, next to Waterloo Bridge, was the UK and Ireland’s busiest lifeboat station last year.

Its crews were called out 492 times, rescued 128 people and saved 19 lives.

In total, London’s lifeboat stations rescued 372 people from the Thames – 25 of those would have died without the help of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Peter Dawes, regional operations manager for the RNLI, said: “To think that 25 people, that’s more than two football teams, would have died last year in London if it weren’t for the bravery of our lifeboat crews is a sobering thought, but one we are immensely proud of.”

Dawes appealed for people to donate to the charity.

Watch lifeboat crews rescue people without lifejackets in the nick of time as their boat sinks.


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