Tugboat sinks on the River Thames
A tugboat unexpectedly sank on the Thames earlier this afternoon. The tug, named Chieftain, was towing a platform and crane in the vicinity of Greenwich Pier on King William Walk when she capsized this morning. One of the crew is missing.
London Fire Brigade were called out at ten past 11 and dispatched crews from six different stations, as well as their fire boat.. A number of agencies attended the scene, including the fire brigade, the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Policing Unit, the RNLI, London Ambulance Service and the Coastguard Agency. Police were reportedly standing watch on piers further down the river in case the missing crewman had been swept downstream.
“It is believed there were three crew members on the Chieftain. Two were safely recovered and were taken ashore. A major search-and-rescue operation is going on.” said a Port of London authority spokesman.