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Passengers injured as boat crashes into Tower Bridge

PUBLISHED: 15:17 04 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:02 04 June 2014

The boat crashed into Tower Bridge  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The boat crashed into Tower Bridge (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Nine people including two members of crew were injured when a boat struck Tower Bridge this afternoon.

The City Cruises ‘Millennium Diamond’ vessel was travelling from Greenwich when it hit one of London’s most famous landmarks.

After the crash, which happened at around midday, the boat carried on into St Katharine Dock where the injured parties were treated.

A 64-year-old woman was taken to hospital with pelvic and head injuries.

She is believed to have fallen down a set of steel steps, sustaining a head injury and bruises to her ribs.

A man and a girl also went to hospital but not by ambulance.

Kevin Maynard, one of the four Tower RNLI lifeboat crew members on the lifeboat, explained how the drama unfolded: “We launched just after midday and when we arrived the boat had come alongside St Katharine Pier by Tower Bridge. We understand the woman had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down.

“Although the original call to us was related to that one lady, while we were on scene a further nine people came forward to say they had been injured. We treated the woman by giving her oxygen and using blankets to keep her warm, as well as dressing her wound and placing her on a board to protect her spine. We looked after her until London Ambulance Service arrived to take her away for further assessment.”

It is thought there were 126 passengers on board.

Tower RNLI is one of three London lifeboat stations serving the entire length of the Thames from the estuary up to Teddington Lock. The RNLI remains a charity that relies on donations and voluntary contributions for its lifesaving work.

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