The RNLI and local police saved a drowning man from the Thames on Monday evening after he was spotted floating face down in the water
An unconscious man was rescued from the Thames on Monday evening after he was spotted floating face down in the water.
The RNLI and a Metropolitan Police boat responded to sightings of a man in the water near London Bridge at 10.50pm.
Both vessels began searching the area and soon spotted the man’s head sticking out of the water.
RNLI lifeboat helmsman Kevin Maynard said: “One of the police officers managed to grab the person but they struggled to get him on board, so one of our crew went aboard the police boat and helped pull the casualty on board.
“The man was unconscious and not breathing so he was given CPR straight away.
“We then used a defibrillator on him as both boats made their way back to Tower lifeboat station. We managed to get him breathing although he was still unconscious when we handed him over to an ambulance crew who were waiting for us.”
The incident occurred hours before RNLI volunteers were due to take place in London Lifeboat Day.
RNLI London lifeboats have rescued 2,713 people since the charity began operating in the city in 2002.