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Details of incident 23

Swamping record

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Date 4 Feb-2002
Location Hammersmith, Tideway, UK
Water Temperature <6 C
Boat(s) involved 8+
Boat Construction Decked ends, wooden, open construction
Outcome Self-rescued 
Description Women’s eight on outing returns upstream & is unexpectedly swamped by area of rough water. Experienced cox quells panic & urges crew to remain seated as crew sinks almost to armpits. Within 5 minutes boat drifts against landing stage enabling crew to scramble out. Crew members say only luck prevented tragedy


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