Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother Saves Baby in Thames Boat Collision

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother Saves Baby in Thames Boat Collision

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Byline: MARTIN MCGLOWN

A BABY girl was pulled to safety by her mother after they were flung into the Thames when a motor boat they were in struck a steel pontoon at speed.

The pair were not wearing life jackets when they hit the water which was very cold despite the sunny weather. A man in his late forties who was at the wheel of the [pound]25,000 boat was also catapulted into the river.

Three other people on board, including a four-year-old boy, received minor injuries in the crash yesterday afternoon at Thames Old Swan Wharf near Battersea Bridge.

The 18-month-old girl was handed to her father who hauled her back into the rigid inflatable boat. The man who had been steering went under the water and had to be hauled to safety by river police who were on the scene within minutes. The baby's brother sustained a bloody nose. He remained in the boat with his father and another woman.

It is understood the collision happened as the man at the wheel and his passengers were distracted by the sight of a helicopter heading for Battersea Heliport. …

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