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London's Tower lifeboat station is 'UK's busiest'

A lifeboat station on the River Thames in the heart of London was the UK's busiest in 2009, according to the latest figures.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) launched lifeboats from Tower 380 times and rescued 148 people.

For the first time, RNLI launched lifeboats more than 9,000 times throughout the UK in a year.

The charity's biggest annual day of fundraising, SOS Day, will be held this Friday.

"The river operationally seems to be getting busier," said an RNLI spokesman.

"But like anywhere, with a lot of leisure activity we have a lot of accidents," he added.

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