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Suspect tries to fight with Gravesend RNLI crew after being rescued in Erith

PUBLISHED: 12:37 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:55 28 June 2013

The scene in Erith where a man was rescued from the Thames. Pic from @MPSinthesky

The scene in Erith where a man was rescued from the Thames. Pic from @MPSinthesky

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A man on the run from police who jumped into the Thames at Erith fought with Gravesend RNLI crew after being rescued.

The suspect jumped into the river by Erith Causeway at around 4.40pm yesterday afternoon but soon got into difficulty and had to cling onto a lifeline thrown by Bexley police officers.

Gravesend RNLI and a Met helicopter rushed to the scene to the assist, while it was reported the man had a history of violent behaviour.

A statement from Gravesend RNLI said: “Whilst on exercise the lifeboat was requested to proceed to Erith where a casualty was reported to be in the water.

“Whilst en route further information was received that the casualty had entered the water whilst being pursued by the police and had a history of violence.

“With a history of violent behaviour a decision whether to wait for Marine Police officers to arrive and assist or effect a rescue had to be made.”

The crew made the decision to remove the man from the water after he agreed not to resist and became increasingly agitated and cold.

The statement continued: “The casualty was recovered, but became belligerent and started trying to fight with the crew whilst being taken to the causeway.”

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of affray and bailed pending further inquiries.

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