Motorboat & Yachting: The woman who died after a speedboat accident on the Thames last week has been named as Charlotte Brown, 24, of East Finchley.
A 24-year-old woman died last week after a speedboat accident on the Thames, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.
In a statement, it was revealed that the woman’s name was Charlotte Brown of East Finchley. She was recovered from the Thames near Wandsworth Bridge on Tuesday, December 8 after police were called to the scene following reports of shouts coming from the water.
Chiswick RNLI responded to a Coastguard call at 2352 and after a 20-minute search, Charlotte and a 29-year-old man were both found.
However, despite the best efforts of the local emergency services, she was pronounced dead at St George’s hospital.
A post mortem investigation was carried out on Friday December 11, but proved inconclusive and the coroner has ordered further tests. An inquest is due to be held tomorrow (December 15).
The Metropolitan Police added that the 29-year-old man who survived the speedboat accident has not been arrested, but has been helping police with their inquiries as a “significant witness”.
Charlotte’ sister Katie told the Daily Mail: “We don’t know exactly what happened. If she was wearing a life jacket there is a chance she could still be here today.”
Photos published by the newspaper show that the boat Charlotte was onboard at the time of the accident was an open Fletcher model, powered by a Yamaha outboard engine.
Motorboat & Yachting: Boat owners in Hampshire have been warned to be on their guard after a spate of outboard thefts.
Boat owners are being urged to stay vigilant following a ‘spike in thefts’ of large outboard engines. Aside from the ‘year-round’ theft of small outboard motors, of less than 20hp, marine police have noted an increase in larger motors of 200 to 350hp.
Sergeant Damon Kennard, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit, said: ‘We’ve had a bit of a spike and what’s unusual is that 350 horsepower big outboards stolen, predominantly from the back of RIBs. At this time of year they’re all taken from trailers or drystacks.
‘It’s early days but we think it’s probably organized criminal gangs, these are not just opportunistic thefts.
‘People are coming and moving through a region, looking for high value outboards.
‘One weighed nearly 400kg, you can’t just turn up on your own to steal things like that.’
Sgt Kennard said another unusual aspect is that marine police hadn’t yet been able to recover any of the 25 stolen outboards along the Hampshire, Dorset and surrounding coast over the past year.
He said: ‘We go to all the car boots and jumbles, we monitor eBay, the best guess is they’re going overseas. Speaking to our contacts in the marine insurance industry the consensus is that they’re all going overseas.
‘It’s unusual, normally one or two would turn up.’
Sgt Kennard said the only large stolen outboard that did turn up was found in Germany.
Boat owners with high-value outboards are advised to check them throughout the winter.
It is suspected that thieves visit boatyards and ‘take all the bolts and nuts and pieces off’ then return the same night or a few days later with a van.
Sgt Kennard urged boat owners: ‘Check your outboard hasn’t been tampered with. If it has, let us know.
‘A lot of people put covers on, leave the RIB on a drystack and forget about it. If you have a spare day, it’s not a bad idea to go and check on it.’
With some 260 miles of coastline to cover, Sgt Kennard said it was hard for the Hampshire marine police unit to know which boatyard would be targeted next to catch the criminals red-handed.
He said: ‘They turn up, take an engine and then two weeks later another engine goes missing 20 miles down the coast.’
Boaters are being encouraged to assist police by reporting any suspicious activity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 101 and quoting Project Kraken.