A busy start to 2017 for Gravesend RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The charities lifeboat was launched to its first call of the year yesterday (5 Jan) then followed another two in the short space of 12 hours.

Person cut of by the tide in Gallions Reach

RNLI/Alan Carr

Cut off by the tide

The lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 3.31pm (5 Jan) to reports of a person who was cut off by the tide on the foreshore and unable to get back up a slippery sea wall at Gallions Reach, Thamesmead. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene the casualty was quickly located and assisted to safety.

The next launch was at 8.52pm (5 Jan) to reports of a person who was seen to jump from the QEII bridge, Dartford. The lifeboat arrived on scene and started a search of the area. The person was found and taken onto the lifeboat and emergency treatment was started. The person was then taken ashore and handed into the care of the ambulance service.

The last call came at 2.20am this morning (6 Jan) to reports of a person who was in or near the water at Greenhithe. The lifeboat was tasked to assist the police and provide safety cover from the river and after a short time the person was taken into the care of landside police and away from the river.

Notes to editors

Gravesend is one of four lifeboat stations on the River Thames that are operated by the RNLI. Gravesend Lifeboat covers an area from Holehaven, at the western end of Canvey Island, to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 26 miles. A patch which covers Kent, Essex and South London.


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  • Alan Carr, Gravesend RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    07775 822584,
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  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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