London Fire Boat plays key role in Thames exercise.(News)

London Fire Brigade's fireboat has taken part in a major search and rescue exercise on the River Thames.

Operation Palm Tree was directed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and, in addition to the brigade, involved RNLI Lifeboats, an RAF Sea King helicopter, London Ambulance Service, police boats, local authorities, the Passenger Boat Association and the Port of London Authority.

The exercise, which took place in Chelsea Harbour on November 1, involved the evacuation of a passenger vessel and the rescue of a number of casualties from the water.

The fireboat attended the crash site, and along with Police Marine Support and the RNLI, rescued 25 casualties who had left the sinking vessel and jumped into the river. …

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