Man rescued from Thames ferry after falling ill

By Rachel Bishop on May 20, 2014 3:45 PM |

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A 38-year-old man was rescued by the RNLI on Saturday after complaining of chest pains and breathing difficulties aboard a ferry passing Canary Wharf.

The crew assisted the man on their 5,000th call out since lifeboats were established in London 12 years ago.

The Tower RNLI crew helped the man after he was brought on shore at St Katharine's Pier after deciding with the skipper it was the best place to dock.

There, lifeboat crew members boarded the vessel and gave first aid care to the man, before he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.

Stan Todd, Tower RNLI lifeboat helmsman on the 5,000th call out, said: "I must admit to having a bit of a lump in my throat knowing I was on the 5,000th call out, especially having been here since the start. I'm pretty sure that many launches are unheard of in just 12 years and, in many cases, for lifeboat stations in their entire history."