Swamping Safety Database
Details of incident 105
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||31 Mar 2007|
||Multiple boats swamped or sank at the Head of the River Race, causing the race to be abandoned, and safety launches to rescue crews from the water. |
Caroline Smith wrote:
"Well, I was sat in my little marshalling spot up by Kew Bridge hanging on to
a tree for dear life, and missed most of the "fun", but here's what I
gathered from the marshalls...
- At least 2 sinkings on the way to the start so everything got delayed while they got rescued and sorted out.
- Division 1 (crews 1 to 50) went off, but apparently 10 of them sunk.
- Leander II under Hammersmith Bridge, and Thames I also but apparently they somehow managed to finish the course. Don't know who the rest were, or even if the number was accurate - it's just what the marshals were telling us.
- Luckily the race was abandoned after that. Chiswick bridge was shut until everyone had been fished out of the water, but eventually we were all
allowed back one at a time, heavily marshalled the whole way.