Nine Injured In Tower Bridge Boat Crash
Wednesday 4th June 2014
Nine people have been injured after a pleasure boat crashed into a pier at Tower Bridge.
Five women had to be taken to hospital after the Millennium City Cruises boat collided with the pier at around midday.
The London Ambulance Service says one of them, a 64 year old, suffered pelvis and head injuries. It is believed that she fell down a set of steel steps.
A man and a girl made their own way to get medical treatment and two other women were checked at the scene but didn't need medical treatment.
London Coastguard coordinated the rescue and a lifeboat crew based at Waterloo Bridge was first on the scene.
Kevin Maynard, one of the four crew members on the Tower RNLI lifeboat, said: "We launched just after midday and, when we arrived, the boat had come alongside St Katherine's Pier by Tower Bridge.
"We understand the woman with the head injury had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down."
The Metropolitan Police Service's marine policing unit also attended the scene. No arrests were made.
The bridge remained open to traffic and pedestrians while emergency services dealt with the incident.
A spokesman for City Cruises said the vessel sustained "minor damage" after the collision, while 126 passengers and four crew later disembarked at St Katherine's Docks.
"Police and paramedics were able to inspect the boat, which has been returned to our London headquarters in Cherry Garden Pier," he added. "Our other services remain in operation."
This summer is the 25th anniversary of the Marchioness disaster when 51 people lost their lives after the pleasure boat collided with the dredger Bowbelle and sank on the Thames in central London.