A Thames lifeboat crew have told of the moment they plucked a tourist from the water after he fell in while trying to take a photograph. The 53-year-old man had fallen in at Deptford Creek as he tried to get a night-time shot of the Cutty Sark. It was the latest in many incidents involving a person toppling into the river while taking a photograph.
The man, on holiday from Turkey, was visiting family and friends in London. Before calling 999 his relatives tried to pull him from the creek but could not reach him.
The Met police boat was also unable to assist because the river was at its high-water mark, meaning the vessel could not get under the creek’s footbridge into the creek.
Officers from the Marine Policing Unit lowered a lifejacket and rope to the man — who had managed to scramble onto a ledge — as they waited for the RNLI lifeboat to arrive from its Waterloo Bridgepontoon.
All Thames lifeboats are designed with a shallow air draft, allowing them to travel underneath bridges at high tide.