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 …

Massey Shaw returns to London

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FAMED and much loved fireboat MASSEY SHAW has returned to London. The oft-delayed return to the capital finally happened this morning with the fireboat making the journey from Avonmouth on a low loader lorry. Shortly after midday she was craned in to the West India Dock from Wood Wharf and towed across to the Docklands Scout Project. Thanks to Heritage …

31 tall ships signed up for Tall Ships Regatta, more expected

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OVER thirty tall ships have so far signed up for the Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta that is due to take place next Summer. Some of the vessels that have committed to be on the Thames include: Tenacious Mercedes Ebbtide Merrilyn The Pelican of London Rupel Tecla The Helen Mary R John Laing Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the …