A recent survey highlighted that just 16% of Londoners are aware that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) operate a rescue service on the Thames.
The statistic was released as the RNLI launches London Lifeboat Day to raise funds and mark the tenth anniversary of lifeboats on the Thames.
According to a press release earlier this year, the emergency service launched a total of 919 times from Chiswick, Tower, Teddington and Gravesend stations in 2011 and rescued 245 people. The four stations were set up following the Marchioness disaster and have saved 2,600 people in the last decade between them.
During the day volunteers will be visiting more than 50 train and tube stations across London from 7am to 7pm in a bid to raise funds. Those wishing to donate can also visit the RNLI website.
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