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Details of incident 95

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Date 21 Mar 2004
Location Tideway, London (Vets HORR)
Water Temperature unknown
Boat(s) involved 8+
Boat Construction various
Outcome various eights, about 145 in all Outcome - chaos, but all rescued by RNLI. 2 taken to hospital. 
Description Dozens of rowers had to be rescued from the River Thames after a boat race (the Veterans' Head of the River Race) was hit by the windy weather causing multiple sinkings. RNLI Lifesavers had to rescue 34 people from the water and 2 were taken to hospital. A race on the same stretch had been cancelled the previous day due to high winds.


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