London Fire Brigade

Kingston – sinking house boat

24 November 2017

Three fire engines and two fire rescue units were called to a sinking houseboat at Bishop’s Hall in Kingston this morning.

One man and a woman disembarked before the Brigade arrived. No injuries are reported.

The residential vessel partially sunk to the depth of  two feet and a small amount of diesel leaked into the River Thames. Fire crews used a hose inflation kit with three floating environment booms to create a dam around the boat to soak up surplus oil and prevent diesel leaking further into the river.

Station Manager Alex Stewart was at the scene, he said: “Thanks to our crews’ quick actions they contained the diesel leaking into the River Thames and managed to prevent any wildlife coming to harm.” 

The Brigade was called at 0611 and the incident was over for the Brigade by 0837. Crews will remain on scene to hand over to the Environment Agency.

Fire crews from Kingston and Twickenham fire stations attended the scene as well as Fire Rescue Units from Heston and Battersea fire stations.