A woman and her two-year-old toddler were saved from the freezing Thames in a dramatic rescue.

The child fell through railings into the river at Isleworth on Sunday (January 27th). Her mother immediately jumped in after her.
A passer-by called 999. London Ambulance Service paramedics happened to be on a training exercise nearby so arrived very quickly and managed to throw a line to the woman but were unable to reach her.

London Coastguard had alerted Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat which arrived at the scene seven minutes later.
The mother and baby were quickly retrieved into the lifeboat and wrapped in blankets. The baby was crying and the mother was able to confirm there were no other persons in the water.

The lifeboat then moved to the slipway next to the London Apprentice pub where the casualties were handed into the care of the paramedics and were taken to West Middlesex hospital to be checked.

Chiswick RNLI Helmsman Rob Archibald commented “Because the water was over 8 feet deep and a long way below the river walkway, the rescue could only be carried out by boat.

“As the RNLI lifeboats on the tidal Thames are ready 24/7 to launch within 90 seconds, we were able to reach these casualties before they came to serious harm”.

Story dated January 27th 2013

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