Teddington RNLI members took part in a dramatic river boat rescue operation this week. Exercises are planned and carried three times a year with Turk’s Launches to test response times and evacuation procedures.
On this particular exercise on Tuesday evening, the cabin was filled with smoke to simulate an on-board fire and lifeboats had to rescue passengers from the water as well as evacuating others from the stricken boat.
A new lifeboat was recently donated to the station – named in honour of a Kingston resident’s parents. A special ceremony saw the D-class lifeboat (pictured above) being officially named and tested out on the water to demonstrate its capabilities in front of crew members, fundraisers, RNLI staff and other invited guests.
This years’ RNLI Teddington Lifeboat Station Open Day is taking place on Sunday 17th of July from 12-4:30pm. Manor Road Recreation ground will host this fun-filled family afternoon which will bring together the local community in support for the Lifeboat Station.
As well as tours of the Station itself and the chance to view the boats and meet the crew, action Lifeboat demonstrations will take place, there will be a BBQ, entertainment from Jackie Radio, games, raffle and pony rides. You can even learn about helping out by volunteering for shore or rescue crew yourself!
Lifeboat naming ceremony. Photos: JP Trenque/RNLI
A recent tragic incident near Kingston Bridge where a young man drowned whilst trying to swim across the river has led to a drive for river safety awareness. So as well as helping raise awareness of river safety and this valuable emergency service, you can enjoy an afternoon by the river (picnics welcome).
Other up-and-coming fund-raising events include a comedy night on 29th of June at the Boathouse (Ferry Road) – check out www.crackcomedy.com for more info.