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Coastguard rescue woman Naval officer after fall from frigate

PUBLISHED: 16:48 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

A WOMAN naval officer plunged into the Thames from HMS Westminster in an accident after it left its moorings by Tower Bridge. A coastguard crew at Gravesend rescued her within minutes and brought her ashore, where she was treated by an ambulance crew

A WOMAN naval officer plunged into the Thames from HMS Westminster in an accident after it left its moorings by Tower Bridge.

A coastguard crew at Gravesend rescued her within minutes and brought her ashore, where she was treated by an ambulance crew, although not seriously hurt.

She was transferring from the frigate in rough conditions to a smaller passenger vessel alongside when the Westminster swung out and she lost her grip.

The Westminster was on a four-day visit alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London for a naval parade along Whitehall and a service at Westminster Abbey. It disembarked on Monday heading for Portsmouth when the accident happened.

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Frigate arrives at Tower Bridge at dawn ready for parade

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