The river Thames is tidal along its length in London and this means that twice a day at low tide large expanses of mud flats and sand banks are exposed. Whilst these are great for the local wildlife they can pose a danger to humans as it is very easy to get stuck in the mud.
As a result, as part of the Met Police Marine Unit’s standard training drills, the unit undertakes regular practice sessions using special mud rescue mats that are deployed from the rear of their Police launches. This is MP9 on a blue-light response to the training “incident”:
On their way back to base the trainees also got to practice their balancing skills on the mat whilst it was being towed behind the launch. The first volunteer carefully makes their way out on to the mat:
Surfing UK – MPS style:
Taking a walk on the wet side:
The training exercise was overseen by one of the smaller MPS RIBs acting as a safety boat.
Reassuring to know that the Police are ready, willing and able to respond to such emergencies.