A major search and rescue exercise involving Her Majesty’s Coastguard, Metropolitan Police, Fire and Ambulance services, Port of London Authority, the RNLI and local authorities will take place on the River Thames on Thursday 30th September, starting at 20.30 hours.
The exercise, which is being directed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, will simulate a collision between a passenger vessel and a commercial vessel. It will take place in the vicinity of Tower Bridge.
The exercise will commence with an emergency message to London Coastguard Operations Room. From that point, the Coastguard will task and co-ordinate various resources including RNLI lifeboats, fire and police boats, and the exercise will continue until all ‘passengers’ are accounted for. Once the ‘passengers’ are ashore, police, ambulance and local authorities will arrange for their care and processing through a survivor reception centre.
The exercise has been designed to test LESLP (London Emergency Services Liaison Panel) procedures as applied to a major incident on the River Thames. The panel ensures a partnership approach between all the relevant agencies in the planning for, and the response to, a major incident of whatever kind.
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