Elderly man rescued from water at Greenwich Pier

By Rachel Bishop on June 27, 2014 10:09 AM |

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A man in his 60s was pulled from the river at Greenwich yesterday after he was seen floating face down.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's marine unit discovered the man lying motionless in the water at Greenwich Pier just after 2.30pm.

The RNLI attended and helped the man from the water and administered CPR, which eventually got him breathing independently.

Stuart Morrison, one of the helmsman on board the RNLI lifeboat, said: "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."

About 50 people are understood to have watched the incident unfold.

Janet Kelly, the Tower RNLI lifeboat station manager, said: "It can be very distressing to see something like this happen before your very eyes.

"Fortunately, our full-time and volunteer lifeboat crews 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 as I speak."