A man who fell asleep in his car on Waterloo Bridge this morning (April 8) sparked an emergency search of the River Thames - for fear he had jumped in.

Tower RNLI lifeboat station manager Kevin Maynard said: "There were concerns following the 999 call that the driver may have stopped the car on the bridge, got out leaving the engine running and jumped into the river below, so we launched the lifeboat and began a search of the area.

"However, when the police got to the vehicle they found the male driver was actually asleep inside. I assume he felt he was too tired to drive any further.

"It was an early start for the lifeboat crew but we’re ready to launch 24/7 so we’re used to launching to help people anytime of the day or night."

On April 28, the RNLI will hold a London-wide collection as part of its Mayday campaign.

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