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Blimey! Geezers in distress at sea wanna hear a Cockney voice

PUBLISHED: 00:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

Tower Lifeboat, busiest in Britain, in action on Thames

Tower Lifeboat, busiest in Britain, in action on Thames

BLIMEY! Yer actual Cockney accent ’as been voted second most likely to soothe a geezer in distress. If you’re all at sea, it’s the Estuary’ rabbit yer wanna hear from rescuers, according to a poll by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Cockneys inspire most confidence in a crisis of all the accents from the South East—and that’s official

Mike Brooke

BLIMEY! Yer actual Cockney accent ’as been voted second most likely to soothe a geezer in distress.

Gawd luv-a-duck! If you’re all at sea, it’s East End or Estuary’ rabbit yer wanna hear from rescuers.

That’s according to a poll by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Cockneys inspire the most confidence in a crisis of all the accents in the South East—and that’s official.

This is entirely appropriate, of course, as Tower Lifeboat station on the Thames is the busiest in the British Isles.

Its crews have been called out on shouts’ 180 times in just the first six months of the year.

Crew member Steve King waxed lyrical about his London lilt being given the seal of approval.

“It’s good to know people find it a comfort during an emergency,” he said.

“People need to be comforted knowing we’re on hand to help in an emergency on the Thames or out at sea.”

The charity’s nationwide survey of 2,000 people wanted to know what assured them most—and Cockney and assorted South East accents were hailed among the most calming and reassuring in an emergency.

Cockney patter was second in the poll of dialects only to a Scottish brogue. Irish was third, followed by Geordie and Welsh.

Gobby’ East Enders can feel right bloomin’ proud after Cockney and Estuary English nabbed 14 per cent of the nation’s vote.

Now the RNLI hopes they respond to its own distress call—by getting on board to help raise cash for its annual SOS Day, January 30, with ideas such as sponsored silences’ or sea shanty singalongs.

The RNLI has 235 lifeboat stations around the British Isles, all relying on public contributions.

It responded in the first six months of the year to 3,621 SOS calls, saving 138 lives and rescuing 3,267 people. Tower Lifeboat was by far the busiest.


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