Police piggy-back rescue at Eel Pie Island

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Eel Pie Island (File Photo) POLICE officers gave piggy-back rides to members of the public left stranded by flooding at Eel Pie Island on Tuesday. Twenty-five people were cut off from the road at Twickenham because the river had risen up, leaving them unable to leave the island via the footbridge. Six Special Constables from Twickenham MPS waded through the …

Thames Barrier raised 31 years after first closure

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THE THAMES Barrier was closed yesterday, exactly thirty-one years after it was first raised to protect London. London’s iconic flood defence system has been operational since 1982 but was first closed in response to a flood thread on February 1st, 1983. After that first closure in 1983, it would be almost three years before the barrier needed to be raised …

German frigate leaves London

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THE GERMAN frigate SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN departed the capital earlier today. The Brandenburg-class warship had been moored alongside HMS BELFAST since Friday and departed through Tower Bridge this morning at 10.10. She was the second naval visitor to the Upper Pool of London so far in 2014, following a visit by the Royal Navy’s HMS ARGYLL by just a few days. …

RNLI rescue man by Waterloo Bridge

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THE RNLI have rescued a man from the river by Waterloo Bridge. The crew from the RNLI Tower station sprung into action ninety seconds after members of the public who witnessed the incident raised the alarm on Thursday (23rd) evening at about half past five. Lifeboat helm Keith Cima said: “We could see from where the crowd of people were …

HMS Argyll arrives in London

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TYPE-23 frigate HMS ARGYLL arrived in London late last night for a five-day port visit. The Duke Class vessel passed Greenhithe (pictured above and below) shortly before midnight and transited through Tower Bridge at 01:45 where she moored alongside HMS BELFAST. Crew members will take the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the Houses of Parliament and the Guildhall while …

Police appeal for witnesses after man falls in Thames near Waterloo Bridge

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EMERGENCY services responded this morning after a man fell in the Thames near Waterloo Bridge at 8am. The Metropolitan Police’s Marine Policing Unit, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and RNLI responded and the man, aged 70, was pulled from the water after five minutes. He was taken to an east London hospital by Air Ambulance where his condition is described as …

Bad weather causes flooding along the Thames

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THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued warnings to areas along the Thames as the river’s level continues to rise. The swollen river has burst its banks in several locations causing localised flooding and road closures along the non-tidal stretch. Following weeks of bad weather and an almost record breaking number of consecutive Thames Barrier closures, flood alerts have been issued at …