Friday, August 12, 2011

River Thames closed after tugboat capsizes and crew member goes missing - 12th Aug 2011

A major hunt is underway after a tugboat overturned in Greenwich this morning and a male crew member has gone missing.

The Port of London Authority says the tug, known as the Chieftan, was towing a crane barge named Skyline when it capsized in the Thames.

Emergency services were called to Convoys Wharf in Deptford - close to Greenwich - just after 11am after two tugs collided which led to the Chieftan sinking.

The authority has closed the river in the Greenwich area, as six fire crews, the coastguard, police and a helicopter help in the major rescue operation, according to reports.

Two people have been safely recovered from the river, while crews are still searching for a third person in the water.

A Port of London Authority spokesman said: 'There were three members believed to be on board. Two were rescued but regrettably a third is missing.

'We've a major search and rescue operation underway to try and find them.'

The Port of London Authority has closed the river in the Greenwich area as part of the continuing search operation.

The Thames Clipper has been suspended between Masthouse Terrace and North Greenwich as the rescue operation continues. Read More