Chiswick RNLI Issues Warning After Eyot Rescue

Fast rising tides have led to more people being stranded

Chiswick RNLI rescue two people from Chiswick Eyot Chiswick RNLI rescue two people from Chiswick Eyot

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The Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat was called out to Chiswick Eyot this Thursday (1 April) after two people were stranded on the island by the rising tide.

The crew received the call shortly before 3.25pm and managed to retrieve the pair unharmed.

There have been numerous call outs of this nature recently and it is thought that one reason may be that an increased numbers of visitors to the river locally are choosing to walk on the foreshore due to crowding in the riverside paths.

An RNLI spokesperson said, ‘During lockdown Chiswick RNLI lifeboat has attended to many calls where people have been cut off by the tide on islands and on the foreshore. The empty spaces by the river can be tempting when riverside paths are busy but the tide can rise over a metre in 40 minutes and catch people out. In this case a call for help meant the situation was resolved very quickly. If you see someone in difficulty by the river, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.’

Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station is the second busiest in the UK and Ireland. Since The RNLI search and rescue service on the Thames started in 2002, Chiswick Lifeboat has attended over 3,500 incidents and rescued over 1,750 people. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.

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April 2, 2021

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