Emergency services descend on Gravesend Reach for river rescue

PUBLISHED: 14:01 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 17 November 2017

Crews helped rescue a 'distressed person' from Gravesend Reach on Friday morning

Crews helped rescue a 'distressed person' from Gravesend Reach on Friday morning


A person was rescued from the water

Reports of a “distressed person” in the River Thames saw emergency servies descend on Gravesend today.

A crew from Gravesend’s RNLI lifeboat station joined police, firefighters and ambulance crews after receiving the call at 6.49am Friday.

Police had been searching for the man since 2.23am this morning, after receiving a report of concern for a man’s welfare in Hall Road, Gravesend.

A spokesperson from the RNLI said: “The lifeboat was launched to reports of a distressed person possibly in the water or on the foreshore to the south side of Gravesend Reach.”

After searching the area, crews working together with the Port of London Authority managed to find the casualty.

After speaking with the person, Kent Fire and Rescue Service lowered a ladder to allow access to the foreshore, helping the casualty to climb up.

He was then passed into the care of paramedics.

A Secamb spokesperson said: “We were called to Lansdowne Square in Northfleet just before 7am on Friday morning.

“Police were already at the scene on arrival. A man was passed into our care, he was checked at the scene before being Darent Valley Hospital for further treatment.”

Kent Police confirmed the man is now under the treatment of healthcare professionals.

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