Vigil Marks Thirtieth Anniversary of Marchioness Disaster

A vigil has taken place on the banks of the River Thames, near to where the Marchioness pleasure boat sank on 20 August 1989 with the loss of 51 lives. A number of relatives of those who died in the tragedy have also expressed their concern that many of the city’s bridges are still not clearly lit with more safety lights.

The RNLI said in a statement:

“Today marks 30 years since 51 people tragically lost their lives on the River Thames after the Marchioness, the boat they were on, sank after a collision. Following the recommendations of the inquiry into the disaster, our rescue service began on the Thames in January 2002.”

The RNLI, along with representatives from the fire and rescue service, as well as from the Port of London authority and Southwark Cathedral, were present at the vigil where the names of every victim were read out.