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.
A Thames passenger ferry has crashed into a barge, causing hundreds of people to be evacuated from tourist boats and four suffering minor injuries.
Everyone on board the vessels was safely disembarked by emergency services following the crash at 2.15pm today. The City Cruises vessel suffered visible damage as a result of the incident near Blackfriars Bridge, but was not sinking.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called to the Thames, near the Oxo Tower, at 2.15pm today following reports of a passenger ferry and cargo boat in collision.
“The Metropolitan Police’s Marine Support Unit, Coastguard, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are all in attendance and are currently in the process of taking those on board the ships to shore. At this stage there are believed to be a small number of people with minor injuries including cuts and whiplash.”
“Nobody from either vessel entered the water following the collision, and neither boat is believed to be at risk of sinking.” It’s not yet clear why the two boats collided.