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by Chiswick RNLI

Unlike most coastal stations, which operate on pagers, In order to launch within 90 seconds, Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat is manned 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Each 12 hour shift has a crew of 4. The helmsman and mechanic are normally full time, the third crewmember is normally a volunteer.

Around 60% of the incidents relate to people in difficulty in the water or in danger of being in the water.

30% of rescues are to people in boats that have capsized, broken down or run aground.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency requires attendance at an incident within 15 minutes. This means the crew have 90 seconds from the time of the call to launch from Chiswick Pier. The Coastguard coordinate rescues on the Thames from a control centre in Woolwich

The remaining 10% are a wide variety including cars in the river and animals in distress where the owners are at risk from attempting to save them.

Training

All new crew undergo training on every shift as they progress from probationer. Crew also go to intensive courses at the RNLI lifeboat college in Poole in all aspects of boat handling, water safety and casualty care.

Week by week tally of services for 7 years – 2016 in blue

YearNo. of incidentsPersons rescued
Total3,3281,707
2002243119
2003235138
2004190119
2005181105
200616979
200714273
200814942
200918778
2010229109
2011228111
201222197
2013224237
2014219116
2015227135
201618875
201717774
IF YOU SEE AN EMERGENCY ON THE THAMES DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR COASTGUARD.