RNLI crew rescue Cleo the Harris’s Hawk

Lifeboats News Release

One of the more unusual rescues for Tower lifeboat station, shortly after lunchtime today RNLI lifeboat crew saved the life of this impressive bird.

They spotted the bird of prey in distress struggling in the River Thames near Embankment Pier. With the bird in danger of drowning, the crew managed to manoeuvre the lifeboat into a position where they could pluck it from the water.

Steve King, helm at Tower RNLI lifeboat station, said: "We see all manner of injuries when we launch our lifeboats to people in distress, but rarely do we get casualties of this kind. We are delighted to have been of assistance!”

Cleo was being worked on the embankment chasing away pigeons and was spooked by a kestrel that attacked her. When she tried to get away her tether got caught and fell into the water. The crew were able to rescue Cleo and bring her back to her relieved and grateful owners.

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