Duke of Cambridge to Launch New River Thames Safety Campaign

The Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge attends a reception for the Royal African Society at the British Academy in London.


Tower Bridge, London

Tuesday 21st May, 2019

The Duke of Cambridge will help launch a new campaign to help prevent accidents and self-harm incidents on the River Thames.

Around 700 incidents take place along the River Thames every year where people’s lives are at risk, either unintentionally or as the result of suicide attempts. Each year, there are more than 30 fatalities.

Agencies working along the entirety of the River Thames, from Teddington to the North Sea, have united to create the campaign to help tackle this problem.

The ‘Drowning Prevention Strategy’ has been designed by The Port of London Authority (PLA), The Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade (LFB), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), London Ambulance Service and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), and will be launched at the event.

As part of the launch, The Duke of Cambridge will travel along the Thames with representatives from The Port of London Authority (PLA) and The Metropolitan Police, to learn more about the strategy, before arriving at Tower Bridge and HMS President where the launch event will be taking place.

His Royal Highness will travel by PLA boat, and will sail in convoy with The Metropolitan Police, RNLI and MCA.

The Duke of Cambridge will make a speech during the launch event, which will also include speeches from the Chief Executive of the Port of London Authority Robin Mortimer, mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn, representatives from the Samaritans, and suicide prevention minister Jackie Doyle Price MP.

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