RNLI: Don’t get caught out by the spring tides

The RNLI have issued a warning to people not to get caught out by the spring tides.

RNLI helmsman Andy Mayo said ‘People taking their permitted daily exercise have been caught out in several incidents. We have seen the Thames towpath busy like a sunny Bank Holiday every day of the week with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Some have been walking along the foreshore. We have had to rescue those who have been tempted to walk over to islands at low tide.

‘The tide rises very rapidly especially in last week’s high spring tides. We have rescued many over the years who have got in trouble while going for a walk by the river not knowing that the Thames is tidal in London.’

The Thames lifeboat crews are changing their operating procedures to protect themselves so they can continue their lifesaving work. The crews have been split into nine teams, each doing a 24 hour shift. There is no mixing of crews or physical contact at changeover. This change in rostering means that if one team has to self isolate another team can step in.