Woman rescued from the Thames after jumping from passenger ferry

A woman was rescued from the River Thames last night after jumping from a passenger ferry between Masthouse Terrace and Greenwich piers.

The woman, 40, jumped from a Meteor Clipper boat, operated by Thames Clippers, at 9.35pm, having boarded at Canary Wharf.

She is known to Kent police as a missing person.

She had called the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Greenwich police earlier in the evening, threatening to jump into the river.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution launched a lifeboat from their Tower station in case she carried out her threat.

Its crew searched for an hour unaware of whether she had jumped or not and were able to rescue her within 90 seconds of her entering the water, an RNLI spokesman said.

The woman was taken to Greenwich pier by the lifeboat where she was met by police and the London Ambulance Service.

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She was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

It was the first life saved by the boat - the Hurley Burley.

It is the RNLI’s newest boat in London and was launched on October 31.

Crewman Kevin Maynard said; “She was grateful to have been saved.

“It was a textbook multi agency search, rescue and recovery, which was helped by the powerful new spotlights on our boat that clearly picked her out of the darkness.”