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Byline: Crew from the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station launched to a report of two tourists rowing in an inflatable canoe in choppy waters near Cleopatra’s Needle on Monday 17 August at 4.12pm.
Page Content: As the charity’s lifeboat crew were returning from routine exercise on the River Thames, they received a call from the Coastguard to reports of two tourists who had taken to the river in an inflatable canoe.

Helmsman Keith Cima said: ‘Once we arrived on the scene, we found that the adventurous pair were trying to row close to the Embankment wall as the river was significantly choppy.

‘The river is a great place to enjoy sporting activities, however if this particular inflatable craft had hit an object of debris, it could have quickly lost its buoyancy and the tourists could have ended up in the water.

‘Luckily, they were wearing lifejackets, but there is also the danger of cold water shock. Despite the warm weather, the river water is still very cold and sudden exposure can cause uncontrollable gasping for air which leads to you gulping down water causing a real risk of drowning.’

The tourists returned to shore under the instruction of the Coastguard and were greeted by landside police. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station ready for service.

Tower RNLI, located under Waterloo Bridge on the River Thames, is the charity’s busiest lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland. This was the 311th service call for the lifeboat crew since the start of the year.

There are three RNLI lifeboat stations in London – Tower, Chiswick and Teddington. Gravesend lifeboat station is located further east along the River Thames in Kent.

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Media contacts
• 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 the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station launched to a report of two tourists rowing in an inflatable canoe in choppy waters near Cleopatra’s Needle on Monday 17 August at 4.12pm.
Page Content: As the charity’s lifeboat crew were returning from routine exercise on the River Thames, they received a call from the Coastguard to reports of two tourists who had taken to the river in an inflatable canoe.

Helmsman Keith Cima said: ‘Once we arrived on the scene, we found that the adventurous pair were trying to row close to the Embankment wall as the river was significantly choppy.

‘The river is a great place to enjoy sporting activities, however if this particular inflatable craft had hit an object of debris, it could have quickly lost its buoyancy and the tourists could have ended up in the water.

‘Luckily, they were wearing lifejackets, but there is also the danger of cold water shock. Despite the warm weather, the river water is still very cold and sudden exposure can cause uncontrollable gasping for air which leads to you gulping down water causing a real risk of drowning.’

The tourists returned to shore under the instruction of the Coastguard and were greeted by landside police. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station ready for service.

Tower RNLI, located under Waterloo Bridge on the River Thames, is the charity’s busiest lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland. This was the 311th service call for the lifeboat crew since the start of the year.

There are three RNLI lifeboat stations in London – Tower, Chiswick and Teddington. Gravesend lifeboat station is located further east along the River Thames in Kent.

ENDS

Media contacts
• 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