London lifeboat crews and ambulance services successfully resuscitated the man in his late 60s yesterday afternoon

A man in his late 60s

was successfully resuscitated yesterday afternoon after being pulled from the River

Thames.

RNLI crews, police and

the ambulance service attended the scene in Greenwich following reports of a

man face down in the water.

The incident, which occurred

just after 2.30pm, saw around 50 passers-by gather on the foreshore to watch as

events unfolded.

The casualty was taken

aboard the London lifeboat, before being transferred to Greenwich Pier where he

received CPR.

After several minutes,

ambulance crews were able to establish a heartbeat and managed to get the man

breathing again.

Tower RNLI helmsman Stuart Morrison, said: “The

man was in his late 60s, he was unresponsive; no heartbeat, he wasn’t

breathing, and we were told he had been pulled from the water where had had

been lying face down.

“We pulled him onto the lifeboat, went on

the inside of Greenwich Pier, and got him onto the pier where CPR was taken

over by our crew.”

It’s not clear how he

ended up in the water but was later taken to hospital for further treatment.

Tower RNLI station

manager Janet Kelly, said: “It can be very distressing to see something like

this happen before your very eyes, and there was a number people watching from

the shore.

“Fortunately, our full

time and volunteer lifeboat crew are trained for any eventuality and to keep

their cool under pressure. They worked brilliantly with our colleagues from

London Ambulance Service and I sincerely hope the man is recovering.”

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