Gravesend RNLI rescues a dog from River Thames near Tilbury

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Gravesend RNLI rescues a dog from River Thames near Tilbury


On Friday 31 May At 6:42pm, London Coastguard tasked Gravesend RNLI to a dog in trouble after falling 14ft into the Thames on the north shore near Tilbury Fort.

Gravesend RNLI Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury

RNLI Thames Commander Andy Colley said, ‘We had already had a busy day, what with a tasking at 8:21am to Erith and then a day of exercise, we were just getting ready for shift handover and the direct line from London Coastguard rang.’

Gravesend RNLI Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury

Gravesend Rnli Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury
gravesend rnli rescues a dog from river thames near tilbury

Gravesend RNLI’s Atlantic 85 made the short distance across the Thames to Tilbury and arrived on scene within 60 seconds, when they immediately spotted the dog’s owner leaning over the Thames Path wall.

Gravesend RNLI Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury

Gravesend Rnli Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury
gravesend rnli rescues a dog from river thames near tilbury

Gravesend RNLI Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury

With 10 minutes left of a rising tide, the volunteer crew successfully located the dog in water desperately clawing at the wall, the lifeboat’s crew eventually safely got the dog on board.

Gravesend RNLI Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury

Tilbury Port Line Hander Chris Turner said, ‘I’d just finished with the departure of a vessel and when returning to my vehicle I noticed the lifeboat with the flashing blue lights against the shore, next minute it was coming towards me, I didn’t expect them to moor up at Tilbury Terminal with a dog on board!’.

Gravesend RNLI Rescues A Dog From River Thames Near Tilbury

RNLI volunteer Aaron Reynolds said, ‘It’s always a great feeling to witness the reuniting of a dog with its owner, especially after jumping a 14ft wall into a wet landing in the Thames!’

The RNLI volunteers returned to station at 7:08pm before being made ready for service with the night shift crew at 7:30pm.

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