The Gravesend RNLI pull man to safety from the River Thames

PUBLISHED: 10:02 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:02 09 September 2014



Dave Parry, Whitstable RNLI

Gravesend's RNLI crew sprang into action over the weekend, pulling a man to safety from the River Thames at Erith.

The Gravesend RNLI lifeboat received a call, altering them that a man was in trouble the water near Erith. The boat launched at 6.53am on September 6. While it was on route it was confirmed that the person was in the water and clinging to the bottom of the pier.

When the lifeboat arrived on the scene, the crew quickly spotted him clinging to the pier and pulled him onto the lifeboat. The man was then taken to Erith Causeway and met by the London Ambulance Service, who then took the him into their care.

It is thought that without the intervention of the lifeboat and the swift action of the RNLI crew, the man would have died.

The RNLI is running an anti-drowning campaign called Respect the Water which aims to reduce the number of people that drown in our waters. It encourages people to take care when on or near the sea or rivers.

More information on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found at

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