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Byline: Crew from Chiswick’s RNLI lifeboat station launched to assist a floating cinema boat which had broken down on the River Thames on Tuesday 4 August.
Page Content: The cinema boat, which was suffering with engine problems, had been travelling the canals and rivers from Bristol to London holding shows at various waterside locations.

At the time, the boat was being moved to a different location along the river and there were no passengers on board apart from those skippering the vessel. The lifeboat crew reached the cinema boat and set up a tow line which brought the vessel back to safety at Chiswick Pier.

After attempting some repairs, the cinema had to be towed back to Chiswick Pier again later that evening for further investigation. The cinema was holding shows at Brentford Lock last weekend and is due at Three Mills in east London for a three day “Extra Terrestrial” programme from 21-23 August.

Mark Finnis, Helmsman at Chiswick RNLI, said: ‘It’s not every day we get to tow a cinema, it must be a first for the RNLI. I’m sure they will make arrangements to reach their next location in time for the weekend’s shows’.

Chiswick is one of three RNLI lifeboat stations based in London. Teddington and Tower (next to Waterloo Bridge) are also located on the River Thames, along with Gravesend RNLI further down the river in Kent.

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Media contacts
• David Clarke, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station) 07951210500
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789         

Byline: Crew from Chiswick’s RNLI lifeboat station launched to assist a floating cinema boat which had broken down on the River Thames on Tuesday 4 August.
Page Content: The cinema boat, which was suffering with engine problems, had been travelling the canals and rivers from Bristol to London holding shows at various waterside locations.

At the time, the boat was being moved to a different location along the river and there were no passengers on board apart from those skippering the vessel. The lifeboat crew reached the cinema boat and set up a tow line which brought the vessel back to safety at Chiswick Pier.

After attempting some repairs, the cinema had to be towed back to Chiswick Pier again later that evening for further investigation. The cinema was holding shows at Brentford Lock last weekend and is due at Three Mills in east London for a three day “Extra Terrestrial” programme from 21-23 August.

Mark Finnis, Helmsman at Chiswick RNLI, said: ‘It’s not every day we get to tow a cinema, it must be a first for the RNLI. I’m sure they will make arrangements to reach their next location in time for the weekend’s shows’.

Chiswick is one of three RNLI lifeboat stations based in London. Teddington and Tower (next to Waterloo Bridge) are also located on the River Thames, along with Gravesend RNLI further down the river in Kent.

ENDS

Media contacts
• David Clarke, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station) 07951210500
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789