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Byline: The volunteer crew of Teddington RNLI were called out in the early hours of this morning to multiple sinking vessels in Richmond-upon-Thames.
Page Content: At 1.07am on 17 April 2015, crew members of Teddington lifeboat station launched at the request of London Coastguard to reports of a sinking barge in Richmond.

The crew arrived on scene within minutes to find The Boat Restaurant, and several other vessels moored at the pontoon near Richmond Bridge, were rapidly taking on water and were sinking.

At this point, Teddington volunteer Helmsman Andrew Bell and his crew were the only people on scene. They proceeded to search the surrounding area for any possible casualties and returned to the sinking restaurant once the all clear was given.

Crew Member James Kavanagh, said: ‘It was mayhem! The river was littered with floating debris and owners of the rowing boats tethered to the pontoon were frantically trying to salvage as much as they could.

‘The pontoon had failed and any vessel moored with decent rope was quickly being dragged under. As the tide rose, the stern of The Boat restaurant became fully submerged.’

A crowd quickly formed at the scene and the lifeboat crew were conscious of the restaurant equipment on board The Boat entering the river.  Adam Bolland, Teddington Crew Member, requested the assistance of London Fire Brigade, who arrived on scene at 2.15am.

The Boat at Richmond Bridge is one of only 11 remaining barges of its kind. Previously owned by Jesus College, Oxford, the barge was built to use for river processions on the Thames in the 15th century. It is now owned by four friends, who have transformed their barge into a British restaurant.

Fortunately, there were no casualties and the Fire Brigade confirmed that there was nothing of great harm on board.

The event became a salvage operation and volunteers Andy, James and Adam were on scene at Richmond until 4.30am returning any floating debris to the riverside.

The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, also operates three other lifeboat stations on the River Thames at Chiswick, Tower and further down the river in Kent, at Gravesend.

Byline: The volunteer crew of Teddington RNLI were called out in the early hours of this morning to multiple sinking vessels in Richmond-upon-Thames.
Page Content: At 1.07am on 17 April 2015, crew members of Teddington lifeboat station launched at the request of London Coastguard to reports of a sinking barge in Richmond.

The crew arrived on scene within minutes to find The Boat Restaurant, and several other vessels moored at the pontoon near Richmond Bridge, were rapidly taking on water and were sinking.

At this point, Teddington volunteer Helmsman Andrew Bell and his crew were the only people on scene. They proceeded to search the surrounding area for any possible casualties and returned to the sinking restaurant once the all clear was given.

Crew Member James Kavanagh, said: ‘It was mayhem! The river was littered with floating debris and owners of the rowing boats tethered to the pontoon were frantically trying to salvage as much as they could.

‘The pontoon had failed and any vessel moored with decent rope was quickly being dragged under. As the tide rose, the stern of The Boat restaurant became fully submerged.’

A crowd quickly formed at the scene and the lifeboat crew were conscious of the restaurant equipment on board The Boat entering the river.  Adam Bolland, Teddington Crew Member, requested the assistance of London Fire Brigade, who arrived on scene at 2.15am.

The Boat at Richmond Bridge is one of only 11 remaining barges of its kind. Previously owned by Jesus College, Oxford, the barge was built to use for river processions on the Thames in the 15th century. It is now owned by four friends, who have transformed their barge into a British restaurant.

Fortunately, there were no casualties and the Fire Brigade confirmed that there was nothing of great harm on board.

The event became a salvage operation and volunteers Andy, James and Adam were on scene at Richmond until 4.30am returning any floating debris to the riverside.

The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, also operates three other lifeboat stations on the River Thames at Chiswick, Tower and further down the river in Kent, at Gravesend.