Thames Clipper crash hospitalises four passengers

14 people injured after commuter boat crashed into pier on the River Thames last night

Four people were hospitalised after a Thames Clipper crashed into a pier on the Thames last night.

According to the BBC, over 50 people were on board the catamaran when it hit the Tower Millenium Pier at approximately 7pm.

The Evening Standard reports that a total of 14 passengers were injured, including one man who was thrown from his wheelchair, one person with a broken jaw, two with suspected spinal injuries and two with head injuries.

A RNLI lifeboat reached the Thames Clipper and gave first aid to the injured passengers before an ambulance arrived. Four passengers were later taken to hospital.

According to Martin Garside from the Port of London Authority, no other vessels were involved in the accident at the Tower Millenium Pier near Tower Bridge on the River Thames.

Thames Clipper said in a statement that the boat made minor contact during a routine mooring procedure.

“The impact caused a small number of passengers to fall, four of whom were referred to hospital as a precautionary measure,” a spokesman said. “The boat was immediately taken out of service whilst engineers assessed the damage.”

The Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit has begun an investigation in conjunction with the Port of London Authority and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

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