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Details of incident 7

Swamping record

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Date Mar 1979
Location Putney, UK
Water Temperature ~6 C
Boat(s) involved 15 x 8+
Boat Construction Decked ends, wooden, open construction
Outcome Rescued or self-rescued 
Description Head of the River Race. Wind against tide created severe conditions for early crews, fifteen of which were swamped. Despite rescue operations, many rowers had to swim for safety


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