Chiswick RNLI rescue three from smouldering cruiser

The RNLI have just released details of a rescue by Chiswick Lifeboat crew on the morning of Saturday 6 October. The volunteer crew evacuated three people from a cruiser which was on fire near Battersea heliport.

The crew had been out conducting an exhausting search in heavy rain when they were hailed by the  people aboard the cruiser. Seeing smoke coming from the back of the boat, they took them on board the lifeboat and towed the smouldering cruiser away from nearby houseboats before handing it over to London Fire Brigade’s vessel Fire Dart.

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 one 3,200 incidents and rescued over 1,620 people. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.