RNLI

A City Cruises-operated Millennium Diamond tour boat has collided with Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London, UK, injuring nine people.

The incident occurred after the vessel departed from Greenwich Pier and headed towards Tower Bridge, with 130 people on-board. The cause of the collision is not yet known.

After the collision, the boat sailed to St Katharine Docks where paramedics treated the injured.

The London Ambulance Service said that five people, including a 64-year-old woman, suffered pelvic and head trauma, while the other four passengers had minor injuries.

Following the collision, the London Coastguard called for support from a lifeboat crew based at Waterloo Bridge, from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Tower lifeboat station.

One of the crew members on the Tower RNLI lifeboat Kevin Maynard said: "We launched just after midday and when we arrived the boat had come alongside St Katherine’s Pier by Tower Bridge."

"The woman had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down."

"We understand the woman had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down."

City Cruises said in a statement that the vessel had sustained ‘minor damage’, and was returned to London headquarters after an inspection.

"City Cruises reacted quickly and continues to work with the authorities for the safety and welfare of its passengers," the company said.

"There have been a number of injuries reported, including crew, who were immediately assessed and are being transferred to local hospitals."


Image: The London Coastguard was supported by the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station crew after the collision. Photo: courtesy of RNLI / Chris Walker.