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Lifesaving on the Thames

Introduction
A national lifesaving organization
A standard lifeboat design
The Thames lifeboat builders
The Thames: test tank and 'shop window'
A 21st century service
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A 21st century service

The modern Thames lifeboats

Life boats at speed.
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Today, there is a fully dedicated lifeboat service operated by the RNLI. It was introduced in 2002, with stations at Gravesend and Central London.

E-Class lifeboat
View full size imageThe new E-class lifeboat at speed on the Thames. © NMM
The E-class boats are built of an aluminium alloy with a closed cell foam collar or sponson. They are the fastest in the RNLI’s fleet  and capable of operating at a top speed of 40 knots for up to four hours.

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