Originally Posted by codprawn
Surely not these people are highly trained professionals............
Who had just dived in front of a tug & tow that was heading down with the ebb tide and couldn't stop. So fair play to them for getting the (drunk) chaps out of the water. It went quite well until they left it in gear, but they were only two up and the guy in the front needed the helms help. Bloke in the water really looks like he realised props were a whirling and luckily got out of the way.
I suspect the adrenalin was pumping and that this error was picked up in the debrief afterwards?!!
Easy to criticise with hindsight, but I think that I would have been reluctant to dive in next to the tug and lighters as quick as these guys, and seconds really do matter in a cold, tidal river like the Thames.