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Water Safety

We are committed to reducing the number of people who drown in the tidal Thames, either accidentally or through suicide.

As a founder member of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum, we work alongside HM Coastguard, RNLI, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police (Marine Policing Unit) and London Ambulance Service.

Together we are working to make the river a safe place for all users, including dog walkers and joggers on the foreshore, who may become stranded due to the river’s fast moving tides, and people visiting riverside pubs and restaurants.
Simply talking can be a lifeline for people.
Our new film, produced to mark #TimetoTalkDay, aims to get the nation discussing mental health, particularly in the ongoing pandemic.

Made in partnership with other members of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum (RNLI, Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Transport for London and the City of London), along with Maritime UK, the video is hosted by star of stage and screen, Gary Wilmot MBE.
The Drowning Prevention Strategy for the tidal Thames sets out practical steps to be taken to improve waterside safety for people close to the river.

It includes a call for people from all walks of life to play their part in saving lives, by following safety advice and having the confidence to intervene when they spot someone in crisis, or on the verge of self-harm along the capital’s river.
September 2020

Guidance for development alongside and on the tidal River Thames

Building the right safety infrastructure can reduce the pressure on the emergency services and ultimately save lives.


Where to find advice and guidance.
More than 12 people a week take their own life in London. Would you know what to say?
Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone's suicidal thoughts?
Advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
We are supportive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plan to implement measures to make older domestic passenger vessels safer.

The attached briefing highlights why the proposed changes are necessary.


Together, the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum members are working to make the River Thames a safer place for the entire community.
The PLA are the custodians of the tidal Thames, covering 95 miles of the river.
Essential safety advice from the RNLI, experts on sea safety.
Police service for the Greater London area and its 8.6 million residents.
Even in London it's important you know how to stay safe when near the River Thames.
Coastguard, search and rescue, safety at the beach, warnings, volunteering and training.
The LAS' main role is to get help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses.
TfL runs London's public transport network and manages its main roads.
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile.