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News releases related to Thames recreational activities



A rise in drowning figures has prompted the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to encourage parents to teach their children how to stay safe and enjoy water safely this summer, as part of its national Drowning Prevention Week campaign, 19-26 June 2021.

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Charity warns there could be a steep increase in accidental drownings

A new water safety guide for residents living close to the tidal Thames has been issued to mark the Royal Life Saving Society’s Drowning Prevention Week (19-26 June).

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New safety guide for Thames-side residents

Water sport clubs in London, Essex and Kent have a chance to shape the future of physical activity on the tidal Thames and other “blue” spaces across the region, in a joint Port of London Authority and London Sport survey.

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Help shape the future of water sports on the Southeast's

Thames barge operation, delivering roof parts for Fulham Football Club’s new Riverside Stand in west London, concluded on Wednesday 10 March. It’s the latest example of a major construction project using the river to reduce traffic on the capital’s road network.

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Back of the Net: Final roof parts delivery by river for new Fulham FC stand

Totally Thames 2020 is back for an uplifting festival celebrating the river at the heart of the city, which connects us to places far and wide.

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Totally Thames 2020 celebrates river art and creativity around the world

As the capital prepares for its hottest day of the year, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has issued a reminder not to underestimate the powers of the tidal River Thames.

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Thames heatwave safety call

Hammersmith’s Furnival Sculling Club has been named 2019’s safest rowing club on the tidal Thames in an annual awards scheme supported by the Port of London Authority (PLA).

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Furnival first for rowing safety on the tidal Thames

Making the tidal Thames a hub for sport and recreation for all is the aim of Jenny Cooper, in a new role created by the Port of London Authority (PLA) as part of its long-term Vision for the river.

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Jenny's new mission to get everyone active on the tidal Thames

Four newly-qualified River Thames watermen will take to the river in central London at 2pm on Wednesday 4 September for the 2019 Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager, the oldest rowing race in the world.

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Thames watermen battle it out for historic rowing title

Identical training sister ships – last together more than 15 years ago – have been reunited in central London thanks to the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Canal & River Trust.

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Sister ships reunited after Port of London Authority steps in

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