Terrorist police, Millenium Wheel and River Thames

Places, technique, kayaks, safety, the sea...
Post Reply
nigelhatton
Posts: 403
Joined: Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:29 pm
Been thanked: 2 times

Terrorist police, Millenium Wheel and River Thames

Post by nigelhatton »

Just in case anyone is going on the Thames between Tower Bridge and Parliament then lookout.

Had a little paddle up the Thames Sunday morn against the current so keeping in the shallows but after passing the big wheel thing the black police turned up. Black RHIB , black uniform, black caps and black outboard motors.

"Excuse me sir can we have a word" " We're stopping all individual river users in this area" "as you know there is an increased terrorist threat in the London area and we wish to make the increase in security more visible"

I paddled alongside the Rhib but the woman holding the bow of my rapier 20 pulled it in too close to the side of the police boat. My right shoulder stopped alongside their boat but my kayak went further into the rounded rubber floats on theirs tipping me off balance.

So before they could get too much information from me there was panic on their part when they realised I was just about to capsize. "let him go, let him go" was the shout from the man in charge.

Over I went but I was able to do a high brace and get up again but with a wing paddle it's risky in case they snap.

So if anyone else goes on the Thames look out for the big black Rhibs and the men in black. They're based just down stream of Tower Bridge on the north bank.

Perhaps I should not be out in a kayak on my own without 2 others and an escort boat !

EdC
Posts: 52
Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:58 am
Location: Battersea, London

Post by EdC »

Had you gone into any of the exclusion zones? These are clearly set out by the Port of London Authority and are detailed on their website. No craft can go close to Houses of Parliament (Westminster side) nor the MI5 Building (Vauxhall). If you do - expect to be stopped/arrested.

User avatar
soundoftheseagull
Posts: 1561
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:11 pm
Location: Lives in a Pineapple but NOT under the sea, Prestatyn, North Wales
Contact:

MPS

Post by soundoftheseagull »

If only they could have been around and stopped Guy Foulkes what a saving we could have made every November.
The unusual buoys seen in the pictures within a recent posting raised the questioned of what would happen if you went near to them.
You have answered that!
Only doing their job, “god bless em governor!”
Dave

Rockpool GT

User avatar
muzz
Posts: 150
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:09 pm
Location: Ross-Shire
Contact:

Post by muzz »

'Terrorist Police' ? Dear dear that's a bit strong, they let you go didn't they ?

thames kayak
Posts: 102
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2004 4:47 pm

Post by thames kayak »

There is nothing new here being stopped by the Marine Division on the tideway. Currently Greenpeace are in town and there is a vote on regarding the future of Trident this week in Parliment. The police often stop river users if they stand out or on the wrong side of the river or stray into the exclusion zone round Parliment or a lesser extent MI6

I am a regular user on the river and last Thursday night and was stopped by 3 seperate boats but there are just doing there job. I also have have had a police helicopter hovering over me and two boats searching once the gulf war 2 started and there was a hightened sence of security, we were mistaken for terrosits. To stop all the hassel I will ring the police in advance of my paddle if I am passing the houses of parliment late at night or the last time when George Bush was in town. Finaly the wash of the the Police Targa,s is fantastic. I have had lots of fun occosions wash hanging on the back of their boats.

User avatar
Wenley
Posts: 283
Joined: Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:21 pm
Location: Spain
Contact:

Post by Wenley »

Nigel wrote:
Had a little paddle up the Thames Sunday morn against the current so keeping in the shallows but after passing the big wheel thing the black police turned up. Black RHIB , black uniform, black caps and black outboard motors.
What? No très chic black body armour?
http://www.onkayaks.squarespace.com/
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

User avatar
Andy_L
Posts: 134
Joined: Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:33 pm
Location: Hampton, UK

Thames Safety

Post by Andy_L »

I suspect the police are more interested in safety and that kayakers know what they are doing. The Thames around Westminster is quite hazardous - fast flowing, big fast boats, moored boats, steep banks. I have had a few police boats pass by and take a good look at me. However because I vaguely look like I know what I am doing, they leave me alone.

I didn't know about the exclusion zone about the MI6 building. I have relieved myself on the beach underneath the MI6. May be that wasn't such a good idea.

I would quite like to do the trip in the dark. That is probably the time when I might be suspected as being a terrorist.

Andy

User avatar
Mark R
Posts: 24135
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2002 6:17 pm
Location: Dorset
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 15 times
Contact:

Post by Mark R »

Image


Top tip...take off your BA when passing Parliament, to avoid being mistaken for a Brazilian electrician.
Mark Rainsley
FACEBOOK

User avatar
soundoftheseagull
Posts: 1561
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:11 pm
Location: Lives in a Pineapple but NOT under the sea, Prestatyn, North Wales
Contact:

Laugh

Post by soundoftheseagull »

Top tip...take off your BA when passing Parliament, to avoid being mistaken for a Brazilian electrician.

I do enjoy this site and on some occasions it makes me laugh out loud.
Dave

Rockpool GT

User avatar
NeilG
Posts: 366
Joined: Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:26 pm
Location: SOLENT (Titchfield) UK
Contact:

Post by NeilG »

Old Bill won't wear body armour afloat generally. It does not help you swim if you should get wet...

I think someone made a point a while back about just how much semtex you could squeeze into a kayak though.
Experience: something you get, just after you needed it...

Solent Kayak Pages

thames kayak
Posts: 102
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2004 4:47 pm

Post by thames kayak »


User avatar
Gareth Plas
Posts: 188
Joined: Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:24 pm
Location: "Wot No Alaw? Llangollen North Wales

Top tip

Post by Gareth Plas »

It strikes me that being a Brazalian electrician over here is fairly hazard free, unless of course you are a goucho tradesman......

However running off when challenged by the plod with guns is a poor idea, particularly if you come from a country where you don't do that sort of thing.......

Just the ramblings of an old man...............

User avatar
Mike Marshall
Posts: 645
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:00 pm

HMMMMM!

Post by Mike Marshall »

If you REALLY think.
We are hardly free any more.
Our rights are being eroded daily and attitudes to any non comformism are on the increase from all quarters.
Already there are proposals to carry ID cards and eventually have a chip implant in all of our right hands. Of course we wont track you, this is obviously in ALL of our interests of the safety and welfare to the law abiding public.

WAKE UP people.


MikeM

Mark-Tozer
Posts: 447
Joined: Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:58 pm
Contact:

Post by Mark-Tozer »

Do you know if they were armed?

I worked on the Hudson in 2003 for a sea kayak outfitter based in Manhattan

Used to take groups down to Liberty Island and Ellis Island but you had to stay outside the 150 yard exclusion zone as sea kayaks were considered to be stealth craft

Drifted in a couple of time but once they got to know me they didn't bother checking as it was 'just that Brit again with his group'

That summer the harbour Authority had a warning about some arabic looking men wanting to know how much you could carry on a sit-on-top when buying boats from an outfitter in New Jersey. It turned out to be students with beards wanting to carry beer kegs for a Frat party

The scariest guys were the rent-a-guards protecting the exhaust towers for the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Even though they see us on the water every day, if we ever got close they soon be waving guns at us and the chance of drifting was likely as the Hudson has quite flow on it
Embrace The Elements

User avatar
Wenley
Posts: 283
Joined: Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:21 pm
Location: Spain
Contact:

First, we'll take Manhattan

Post by Wenley »

Hello Mark,

Were you with the Manhattan Kayak Company at Pier 63?
http://www.onkayaks.squarespace.com/
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Post Reply