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Details of incident 68

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Date Winter 1979 (?)
Location Charleston WVa
Water Temperature about 50 degrees F
Boat(s) involved 8+
Boat Construction Wood, Sectional Schoenbrod, Late 70's model, Open
Outcome all rescued, no injuries, boat damaged but repaired 
Description Water conditions were rough, current was flowing faster than usual. Attempting to row to a sheltered tributary river about one mile down stream where conditions were good. Hit by a wake from a fully loaded, fast moving coal barge, which lifted and separated boat at section. Water entered boat bot submerged about 6 inches below surface. Crew stayed with boat while coach brought rowers back to sure 3 or four at a time.


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