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 …

First Thames Barrier closure of 2014

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The Thames Barrier has closed for the first time in 2014 to protect the capital from rising river levels. High water levels recorded at Teddington weir combined with spring tides caused the Environment Agency to take preventative action. The closure today is the first of several that are predicted over the coming days. The Barrier has been closed in response …

Storm forces Dartford Bridge closure

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THE QE2 Bridge across the Thames at Dartford was closed today and won’t reopen until the early hours of Christmas Eve. The river crossing closed shortly after 12.30pm on Monday as rain and high winds battered large parts of Britain. Large queues built up on approach roads as the Dartford tunnels switched to two-way operation. The bridge, which opened in …