Car Driver Gets Caught Out By Chiswick Mall Flooding

RNLI respond as Mini starts to float down the river

Chiswick RNLI secure the car. Picture: ©James Rodgers Twitter @jmacrodgers

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A unsuspecting driver who parked their car on Chiswick Mall this Friday morning (15 January) returned to find that it had been swept onto the foreshore by a high tide.

The Mini started to float when the water levels rose and drifted down a tow path into the river near Chiswick Eyot

Chiswick Lifeboat crew were called to the scene as well as the police and the Fire Brigade to check that there was nobody left in the car. The RNLI secured the vehicle to ensure that it didn’t float down the river.

An exceptionally high tide was expected that morning but the height was increased by recent heavy rain.

Exceptionally High Tides at Barnes Railway Bridge
Date Tide height
13/01/2021 7.1 14:32
14/01/2021 7.2 15:21
15/01/2021 7.2 16:07
16/01/2021 7.1 16:50
30/01/2021 7.1 16:48
31/01/2021 7.2 16:28
01/02/2021 7.2 17:08
12/02/2021 7.1 15:13
13/02/2021 7.1 15:54
27/02/2021 7.1 14:48
28/02/2021 7.2 15:30
01/03/2020 7.1 03:51
01/03/2021 7.3 16:10
02/03/2021 7.2 04:28
02/03/2021 7.3 16:50
03/03/2021 7.2 05:06
03/03/2021 7.1 17:30
04/03/2021 7.1 05:44
14/12/2020 7.2 13:50
15/12/2020 7.3 14:40
16/12/2020 7.4 15:28
17/12/2020 7.3 16:16
18/12/2020 7.1 17:02

Chiswick Mall and Strand on the Green are subject to flooding during periodic high tides. Although warning signs are placed along Chiswick Mall to warn motorists, they regularly get caught out although it us unusual for a car to float away.

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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February 6, 2021

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