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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.
Aug 12th 2011, 2:07 PM 300 0

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.

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