Five Incidents In 24 Hours

Busiest season on record continues for Chiswick Lifeboat

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Five incidents in 24 hours over the weekend of 10th and 11th September continued the busiest season for Chiswick Lifeboat for some years.

On Friday lifeboat crews rescued two capsized canoeists and two people cut off by the exceptionally high tides. On Saturday Chiswick RNLI had a stand at the emergency services day on Chiswick Common, where crew showed off a D class lifeboat.

Local fundraising is already double last years total with further activities promising to continue this improvement. Upcoming events include:

  • 18 September: RNLI Chiswick Quiz Night – 7:30 Tabard Pub on Bath Road
  • 25 September: Great River race - Chiswick Pier –stall and D class lifeboat
  • 26 September: Chiswick Dog Show – Chiswick House grounds - stall and D class lifeboat
  • 14 October: Comedy Night – 8:00 George IV pub Chiswick High Road. This event includes a draw for the first Chiswick RNLI raffle, prizes include meals for two at local restaurants and gift vouchers from leading local shops; tickets on sale at the earlier events and on the night.

Station Manager Wayne Bellamy said, "The RNLI Chiswick Team is having its busiest and most successful year ever.

“Our Volunteer Lifeboat Crews have already responded to more incidents than they did in any of the years between 2004 and 2008, and if the trend continues, 2010 will become the busiest ever.

“Our Fundraisers are also having a stellar year; as the Lifeboat is busier, the need to raise additional funds grows, and with the generous support of the community during very difficult times, the public continues to make these rescues possible."

September 14, 2010