Passengers Injured In Ferry And Cargo Boat Collision On Thames

Incident Occurred Close to OXO Tower In Capital

18.07.2014

A number of people are believed to have been injured after a ferry and cargo boat collided on the River Thames in London.

Scotland Yard has stated that passengers had been rescued from the two vessels following the incident close to Waterloo Bridge and the OXO Tower just after 2pm this afternoon (July 17th).

London Ambulance Service added that four patients had been treated for injuries following the incident, while other emergency services including the London Fire Brigade and the RNLI also attended the scene.

It is thought that no one entered the water following the collision and neither vessel was at risk of sinking.

The incident has come just over a month after nine people were injured when a Millennium City Cruises vessel collided with Tower Bridge during a cruise along the Thames.

Expert Opinion
Little information is yet known regarding the circumstances of this latest incident on the Thames, but it is clear that the priority at present must be ensuring that those on board are provided with the medical treatment and support they need.

"We are very concerned about how this collision occurred, particularly as it comes only a few weeks after another accident on the Thames when nine passengers were injured when the vessel they were travelling in collided with Tower Bridge.

"The Marine Accident Investigation Branch will investigate the cause of this latest collision on the Thames, and we hope they will work quickly and thoroughly to identify what caused the collision. We also hope lessons will be leaned to reduce the risk of a similar incident in the future. With this being just the latest in several collisions involving boats on the Thames in recent times, many people will be keen for reassurances regarding safety.”

"Through our work for the victims of dozens of passengers and the families of those sadly killed in maritime and boating accidents including the Marchioness tragedy on the Thames in 1989, the Herald of Free Enterprise and, more recently, the Costa Concordia disaster, we are fully aware of how traumatic an event like this can be and how injured passengers can be left with both long term physical and psychological injuries."
Clive Garner, Partner