Silent Witness filming sparks emergency services call out

Image above: London Fire Brigade rescue boat on the River Thames by Chiswick Mall;@jmacrodgers

Calls from the public coincide with report of missing person

Filming of the BBC TV drama Silent Witness at Hammersmith Bridge sparked an emergency service call out on Wednesday (22 March), after several people called them thinking there was a person in trouble in the river.

The calls coincided with the report of a missing person, also a false alarm, resulting in several fire engines arriving on the scene at Chiswick Mall.

An RNLI lifeboat was deployed to the scene, but found the ‘incident’ was just a production team filming Silent Witness. The producer was reportedly unimpressed that  their filming had been interrupted.

The series has recently returned to our TV screens for its 26th season.

Image above: Silent Witness; BBC TV

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said:

“Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat and a Marine Police unit were sent to Hammersmith Bridge at approx. 8.30am today (22 March), following multiple reports from members of the public about a person in the water. On arrival, it was determined there was no one in danger.”

The fire brigade were spotted at Chiswick Mall by local resident James Rodgers, with four fire engines and a fire rescue boat stationed near St Nicholas Church around 7.50am.

Chiswick RNLI confirmed to The Chiswick Calendar that after a brief search, the Fire Brigade concluded there was no missing person.

Images above: fire engines at Chiswick Mall; @jmacrodgers

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