Swamping Safety Database
Details of incident 74
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||Lowerrhine (Nederrijn), The Netherlands, Km 903|
||+/- 18 degr.C|
||Two C4+ touring boats|
||Wood and open, no extra buoyancy measures taken or obligated for this race|
||Rescue boat present at the race location. Both crews rescued at once. |
||Two boats sinking in the same race due to waves cause by barge|
Boat type C4+ (Touring Boat)
Water conditions: River Lower Rhine (Nederrijn), km 903.
No wind, sunny, 20 degr.C., water temperature 18 degr.C.
Reason of sinking: In both cases no anticipation of coxes on waves caused by barge. Waves filled up the boat. Boats sunk immediately.
Reason of lacking of anticipation of coxes: Unfamiliarity of the possible combination of conditions of river stream and waves (no local coxes).
you can see that without a crew the boats are already nearly under water.