London lifeboat crew assist post-Wimbledon revellers who jumped into the River Thames
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution crew from Chiswick were scrambled by London Coastguard yesterday at 5.24pm, after the two revellers were seen jumping off Barnes Bridge into the river, known for its strong currents and cold temperatures.
On arrival, the two men confessed they had been drinking all day while watching the men’s Wimbledon final, in which the UK’s Andy Murray was hailed the champion., ,
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.