Search under way as tugboat sinks

By Giles Broadbent on August 12, 2011 1:15 PM |

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A major search is under way at the Thames near Greenwich after a tugboat capsized. Two crew have been rescued from the boat, which is called Chieftain, but one crew member is still missing.

The Port of London Authority has closed the river in the Greenwich area as the search continues.

London Fire Brigade said it had sent a fire boat, four fire engines and two fire rescue units.

Fire crews from Greenwich, East Greenwich, Deptford, Lewisham, East Ham and Euston were sent to the scene, as were police and coastguards.

A statement issued by the Port of London Authority said: "The third crew member is missing and a search and rescue operation coordinated by London Coastguard is now underway to locate him.

"That search and rescue involves boats from a number of agencies including the Metropolitan Police; RNLI; Port of London Authority; and London Fire Brigade.

"The Port of London Authority have closed the River in the Greenwich area as part of the continuing search and rescue operation."