Rowers rescued from River Thames by firefighters

Four people had to be rescued from the River Thames after their rowing boat capsized.

The boaters - who were not wearing life jackets - got into trouble at Waterloo Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

After their boat became waterlogged and tipped over the London Fire Brigade's fire boat, based at Lambeth, came to the rescue.

Watch Manager Craig Weeden said the four were subsequently "plucked from the water".

He explained: "They had simply taken on too much water and capsized.

"We pulled them from the river and towed their rowing boat back to the RNLI pontoon and got them ashore.

"None of the four people we plucked from the water was wearing a life jacket.

"When we got there the only thing keeping the two men and two women who had been aboard afloat was their upturned boat.

"If you are out on the river in a small boat it is essential you wear a life jacket."

Nobody was injured.

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