Marchioness safety lessons still not learnt 30 years on from tragedy

The chances of an older vessel surviving a collision on the River Thames have not significantly improved since the Marchioness disaster in which 51 people died 30 years ago, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has warned.

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The pleasure boat, Marchioness, was packed with partygoers when it collided with the dredger Bowbelle in central London in the early hours of August 20, 1989.

A series of safety improvements were implemented on the Thames after the tragedy, but little has been done to reduce the risk of older boats sinking after a crash, PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer said . . . . . . .

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