Marchioness disaster: Families gather on the banks of the Thames to mark 30th anniversary

Mail Online | 8/20/1989 | Bryony Jewell For Mailonline
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The 30th anniversary of the Marchioness disaster was remembered in a vigil next to the River Thames on Monday night by survivors and the families of victims.

Fifty-one young people died when the pleasure boat Marchioness collided with a dredger and sank in central London in the early hours of August 20 1989.

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Dozens of people joined a procession from Southwark Cathedral to Bankside, next to the site of the accident, where a short service was held.

The names of those who died were read out and petals were thrown into the water.

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Boats from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, the fire and rescue service and Port of London Authority gathered on the river for the crews to pay their respects.

Most of those on board the Marchioness were high flyers from the finance and fashion worlds.

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Odette Penwarden, 72, of east London, spoke about how she survived the sinking.

'The dancing was in full swing when all of a sudden the boat lurched. The boat started to tip over. Water came rushing in and knocked me off my feet. It was like going inside a washing machine.

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'I could feel myself losing consciousness, but I had an image of my mother and I decided I needed to get myself out.'

Ms Penwarden managed to escape through a...
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