The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) newest all-weather Shannon class lifeboat will be leading volunteers through the capital amongst the 155 floats taking part in the traditional procession which sets off from Mansion House at 11am on Saturday 14 November.
Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew from Teddington, Chiswick, Tower and Gravesend will parade through the capital alongside the charity’s lifeguards and fundraisers in order to raise awareness of the RNLI’s London lifeboats, which operate a 24/7 search and rescue service on the River Thames.
Cub Llewelyn-Davies, Community Fundraising Manager for the RNLI in Central London, said: ‘Not a lot of people know that the RNLI operates in London, but in fact Tower and Chiswick are two of the RNLI’s busiest lifeboat stations in the whole of the UK and ROI.
‘Last year, London lifeboat crews from Teddington, Chiswick and Tower rescued a total of 231 people, which is enough to fill around two-and-a-half of the capital’s iconic double-decker buses - and they saved 27 lives on the River Thames.’
City goers will be able to watch in awe as the RNLI’s state of the art Shannon class lifeboat passes through the City of London during the procession on Saturday. E class lifeboats from Tower and Chiswick will escort the new Lord Mayor along the River Thames as he travels downstream towards Mansion House in QRB Gloriana during the river pageant, which starts at 8.30am on Saturday morning.
RNLI lifeguards from Kent will also be present, swapping their usual surroundings of sun sand and sea to march through London in their iconic red and yellow uniforms while handing out vital safety information to the gathering crowds.
For more information on the Lord Mayor Show, visit https://lordmayorsshow.london/history
Notes to editors
The Shannon class lifeboat, propelled by water jets, is designed to serve the coast and is currently on service at Dungeness, Exmouth, Lowestoft and Ilfracombe.
The RNLI’s E class lifeboat is the fastest in the fleet and is on station at Tower and Chiswick. The boat is specifically designed to meet the demands of the River Thames with its fast running tide, powerful debris and heavy traffic. The E class is kept afloat for quick response.
In 2014, Tower RNLI (located next to Waterloo Bridge) lifeboat crew had their busiest ever year having launched 543 times, rescued 104 people and saved 16 lives on the River Thames.
Chiswick RNLI (the second busiest of the charity’s 237 lifeboat stations) launched 219 times, rescued 116 people and saved 11 lives in 2014.
Teddington RNLI (further west along the River Thames) launched 69 times in 2014 and rescued 11 people.
There are over 220 UK and Channel Island beaches patrolled by over 1,100 RNLI lifeguards.
The Shannon class lifeboat taking part in the parade is a relief boat stationed at the RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset.
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