Capital FM presenter Dave Berry kindly agreed to lend us his support this year for London Lifeboat day. He joined us at Tower Lifeboat station and spent a couple of hours afloat with the crew. You can find a few pictures from his visit below.
I’m extremely pleased to have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal this
year. I guess there can’t be many French people presented with it!
Following his very successful London 2012 Olympics, Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie had a last sail with his boat Rita around Westminster before embarking on a adventure for the America’s cup.
He stepped on board Lifeboat E-07 – Hurley Burly and met the crew of Tower lifeboat.
Having spent Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday on a D Class lifeboat as part of the RNLI crew working on the Queen Diamond Jubilee Pageant, I am considering applying for a knee transplant! But the wet weather and leg discomfort could not have dampened our spirits for this once in a lifetime event. I was lucky to be right in the front and the cheers from the crowd made the day even better. Apparently, over 1.2m people lined the banks of the river to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
We were delighted to welcome the Queen on an informal visit to Lifeboat Pier in central London, where the crew of RNLI Tower Lifeboat is based. Her Majesty spent a lot of time talking to the crews of the four Thames stations, as well as RNLI staff and fundraisers.
Lifeboat crew members from Tower RNLI lifeboat station in central London had a phenomenally busy Saturday when they were involved in rescuing a total of 106 people who were participating in a rowing race on the River Thames.
I had the priviledge to be able to take part in a joint RNLI / Royal Navy SAR exercise on the Thames with Gravesend and Tower Pier lifeboat crews. After meeting-up for a briefing at Lifeboat pier with the helicopter crew, we headed towards Dagenham to practise winching with the Sea King.
Over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of press coverage of the medals we recovered from the Thames on 20th September. Since this story has generated a large amount of interest, I thought I ought to share some information about the events.
Last week, I had calls from Malcolm Miatt, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Teddington RNLI station where I work as a volunteer helmsman, and John Tough, the Deputy Launching Authority. John is also Commodore of the Dunkirk Little Ships Association, and his grandfather, Doug Tough was heavily involved in Operation Dynamo, which evacuated nearly 350,000 allied troops from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk in May-June 1940. You can read the full story in the Articles section