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Injured schoolgirls, 13, rescued by Thames lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 20:10 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

TWO seriously injured school pals were rescued by the Tower lifeboat crew after they plunged 15ft from the Thames quayside to the riverbed. The 13-year-old girls fell from a quayside ladder at Surrey Dock urban farm, by the Limehouse Reach, while the tide was out on Sunday

TWO seriously injured school pals were rescued by the Tower lifeboat crew after they plunged 15ft from the Thames quayside to the riverbed.

The 13-year-old girls fell from a quayside ladder at Surrey Dock urban farm, by the Limehouse Reach, while the tide was out on Sunday (June 15).

They lay on the foreshore, unable to be carried back up to the quay, when the ambulance arrived.

So the lifeboat crew was called out to carry the girls in their rescue craft to the Hilton pier at Rotherhithe, where another ambulance was waiting to take them to St Thomas's Hospital in Southwark.

One girl had head and spine injuries, her pal had a suspected broken arm and pelvis.


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