Friday, July 29, 2011

Lifeboat 'rescue' disturbs pagan ritual on Chiswick Eyot

By Lima Curtis



A PAGAN ritual was disturbed when a concerned lifeboat attendant responded to a 999 call.
Chiswick RNLI were called to Chiswick Eyot, an island on the Thames near Kew Bridge, after reports of a distressed person in the water last Tuesday.
However, when Ian Owen landed on the island he came across a woman in a multicoloured robe or blanket, rubbing soil into her skin, taking part in a pagan ceromony.
He said: "She appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s, had closely cropped hair and had been daubing her face with mud.
"She was quite indignant at being interrupted, saying she had a perfect right to perform her religious rituals.
"I assured her that the lifeboat crew were solely interested in ensuring her safety."
After Mr Owen spoke to the lady she walked off, crossing the river bed to Chiswick Mall. 
Station manager Wayne Bellamy commented: "Chiswick RNLI lifeboat has experienced a very wide range of calls in the last nine years, but a pagan ritual was definitely a first."

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