Search and Rescue (SAR)
Search and Rescue (SAR) co-ordination is "the activity of locating and recovering persons in distress, potential distress or missing, and delivering them to a place of safety" and, in UK tidal waters, is the responsibility of HM Coastguard.
Outer Limit to Canvey Island
SAR operations to the east of Canvey Island will be co-ordinated by Thames Coastguard at Walton-on-the-Naze in conjunction with Port Control London. Subsequent recovery or safety of navigation phases will be co-ordinated through Port Control London.
Canvey Island to Teddington
SAR operations between Canvey Island and Teddington will be co-ordinated by London Coastguard, located at the Thames Barrier Navigation Centre. London Coastguard will also co-ordinate the SAR component of any LESLP Major Incident. Subsequent recovery or safety of navigation phases will be co-ordinated by the appropriate PLA VTS Centre.
Three permanently manned lifeboat stations are located at Gravesend, Tower Pier and Chiswick Pier. Further voluntary manned stations are located at Teddington, Southend-on-Sea and Sheerness.