A man balancing on a London Eye mooring cable in the Thames was saved by a brave RNLI volunteer this weekend.
Tower lifeboat crew were called just after 4pm on Sunday (September 21) and quickly sped to the iconic wheel where they found people in two rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) keeping watch of the man.
He was standing on the mooring cable of a boom at the base of the London Eye just along from Westminster Bridge and was clinging on tightly, unable to move from his position.
Two RNLI crew then bravely jumped from the lifeboat onto the boom, which was moving in the choppy river, and managed to get the man safely onto the boat.
Keith Cima, a full-time lifeboat crew member at Tower RNLI, said: “I was incredibly proud of our volunteer crew member Helen Church who bravely put the need of the casualty first when she jumped to his aid. Her actions exemplified the selflessness of RNLI volunteers in order to save others.”
The man was taken back to Tower lifeboat station where he was handed into the care of paramedics from London Ambulance Service as he slipped in and out of consciousness.
Earlier this month Tower RNLI rescued a teenager who jumped into the Thames from Westminster Bridge for a Youtube dare .
Last month tourists looked on as a man jumped into the Thames by the London Eye to save a woman he saw trying to stay afloat.
An officer from the Marine Police Unit jumped into the water to save the pair.