We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Man missing after tugboat overturns in Thames

A major search and rescue operation closes the River Thames, after a man goes missing when his boat overturns at Greenwich.

THE RIVER THAMES in London has been closed after a tugboat capsized and overturned off Greenwich pier – with one member of its crew still missing.

The tugboat – named ‘Chieftain’ – went down shortly after 11am, after colliding with another tugboat. It was towing a crane barge called Skyline, which was not affected by the clash.

The Daily Mail said six fire crews, a coastguard, police and a helicopter were all assisting in the search operation for the missing man. Two other crew members were safetly recovered from teh water.

The Daily Telegraph added that the Port of London Authority had closed the river in the Greenwich area to aid with the search.

One witnesses told the paper that the boat had capsized within 30 seconds of the accident,

Sky News added that a crewman from a ferry died near the area last week, after he fell under his ships’s propeller while untying some ropes.