Man and dog saved in river res­cue


Harefield Gazette - - News - by SALINA PA­TEL­tel@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Sali­naPa­tel1

THIS is the dra­matic mo­ment a man and a dog were res­cued from the River Thames by RNLI lifeboat crew.

It ap­pears a dog was taken off his leash and ac­ci­den­tally fell into the chilly wa­ters near St Thomas’ Hospi­tal in central London.

A man was found bal­anced on chains at­tached to the embankment wall, clutch­ing the dog which had jumped over the wall and landed in the fast mov­ing wa­ter.

A life­sav­ing crew from Tower RNLI launched into action at the re­quest of the UK Coast­guard just af­ter 7.45pm on Sun­day June 11, tak­ing over from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice boat in at­ten­dance.

Mick Nield, Tower RNLI lifeboat crew mem­ber, said: “As we neared West­min­ster Bridge we were given an up­date that, in­deed, a mem­ber of the pub­lic had en­tered the river to try to help.

“We ar­rived on scene with the po­lice boat and could see a man stood on the res­cue chains at­tached to the Embankment wall.

“He was stood wa­ter­line with the dog in his hands.”

The crew po­si­tioned the lifeboat against the wall so the dog could be safely handed over, then the man was re­cov­ered into the lifeboat. They then dis­cov­ered the man was not the dog’s owner and had left his own dog to en­ter the river and help.

The dog’s owner and shiv­er­ing pooch were re­united, but the RNLI has urged peo­ple not to jump into the dan­ger­ous wa­ters to at­tempt a res­cue.

“It ap­pears the dog was let off its leash and with­out a thought leaped over the wall into the river,” said Mr Nield.

“We were just glad both the man and the dog were OK.

“Both were very for­tu­nate. Whilst this was a brave act, the RNLI would not usu­ally en­cour­age peo­ple to go into rivers or the sea to save an­i­mals, as more of­ten than not the per­son them­selves can get into dan­ger, fur­ther es­ca­lat­ing the dan­ger and the need for a res­cue.

“The wa­ter can be very cold and, on such a busy stretch of the river, there is a con­sid­er­able amount of river traf­fic.

“If you see any­one in dif­fi­culty in the Thames, call 999 and ask for the coast­guard.”

Tower RNLI lifeboat crew res­cue the man and dog from the Thames

The RNLI has three bases in London: Tower Lifeboat Sta­tion near Water­loo Bridge, Chiswick and Ted­ding­ton

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