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Details of incident 91

Swamping record

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Date 25 Sept 2004
Location Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria, SA
Water Temperature Unknown
Boat(s) involved various
Boat Construction various
Outcome 3 boats swamped. 1 sank, 1 broke up and sank. Everybody OK 
Description 3 boats in the race were all blown off the course in high winds and ended up on the far bank of the dam. Some crews ended up side on to the wind and waves and due to inexperience and some panic started to ship water eventually leading to 2 of the boats sinking, and 1 of them breaking during the sinking. The boat that broke snapped at the bulkhead in front of the cox's feet (bow loader) after the boat had filled with water. This boat was at least 12 years old. The other boat that swamped ended up floating just with the gates above the water level. The third boat did not sink and had water up to about midway up the shoes.

All girls were ok and clung on to the boats or remained seated. The umpires assisted them toward the bank until the girls could stand on the bottom. The boats were then left in the reeds on the bank while the girls were ferried back to the boathouses. Nobody was injured.


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