Dramatic footage has been shared on the @TowerRNLI twitter page of the moment a lifeboat crew member jumped into the River Thames in order to pull a male casualty back to the surface after he slipped beneath the water.
In the footage (below) crew members can be seen getting ready to save the casualty by initially throwing him a life-line whilst he was still on the surface of the water.
To the port side of the lifeboat, a Met Police Marine Unit can also be seen providing assistance to the RNLI crew.
An RNLI lifeboat crew member rushes to grab a life-line from the helm position of the RNLI boat after the casualty was unable to swim to a lifebuoy that had already been thrown into the water only feet from the male.
The footage shows the moment that the life-line is thrown, just as the casualty raises his hand for the last time before
One of the RNLI lifeboat crews shouts to a colleague that the casualty has gone under the surface, prompting the crew member to jump into the water.
The crew member who is on the bow of the lifeboat, then points her colleague to the exact point where the male casualty went under the water.
After a few seconds, the crew member in the water manages to reach beneath the surface and grab the casualty from beneath the waves, bringing him back to the lifeboat where he is then pulled from the water.
A spokesperson for @TowerRNLI tweeted:
‘A man in imminent danger of drowning was plucked from the River Thames by @TowerRNLI seconds after going below the surface of the water.
‘Crews from @MPSonthewater and @LondonPortAuth on scene also giving assistance.
‘The male was passed into the care of the @Ldn_Ambulance #LifeSaved
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