Four Calls In 24 Hours

Busy day brings Chiswick's RNLI Lifeboat count up to 25

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Four incidents in 24 hours brings total calls this year to 25 for Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat.

The busy day began at 16.44 on Wednesday 2 March when Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat was called to reports of a person in the water near Chelsea Harbour. The casualty was a rower from a single scull which had capsized. The rower had been in the water for 15 minutes and was extremely cold. The crew brought him into the lifeboat and landed him at Chelsea Harbour Pier where he was transferred to the care of the London Ambulance Service.

Helmsman Mark Turrell said “Because the casualty was very cold, and there was a risk of further cooling from wind chill while travelling in the lifeboat, we arranged to land the casualty at the nearest possible point.” The Lifeboat crew took the rower’s craft back to his boat club.

During the night Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat was called twice to reports of people 'at risk on bridges'.

Then at 08.07 on Thursday morning Chiswick Lifeboat helped a passenger vessel with reported mechanical failure at Putney. Volunteer crew member Chris Rose went on board and discovered a damaged propeller enabling the boat to make its way back to Putney Pier.

March 7, 2011