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PostSubject: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:09 pm

Sounds like their boat (an "8") got caught in the strong flow and capsized right in front of Sunbury weir.
On lad had a very lucky escape.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2129643_st_georges_college_rowers_rescued_from_river

Imagine if they'd been sucked down some massive archimedes turbines?

A minor incident? This is what the river looked like there on Wednesday morning (the day before):

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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:36 pm

Jeez that must have been frightening for the rowers.

Yes spot on, this could be an everyday occurrence if that Hydro ever got built....
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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:53 am

"A person was reported to have been hanging onto Sunbury Weir after their boat capsized. "

Must be some flow if the weir is in danger if being swept away Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:06 pm

I never understand why rowers and canoists are allowed on the Thames when red boards are out, when all other boats (unpowered or powered) are advised to remain moored, and indeed are not insured if they do venture out on red boards. It must only be a matter of time before a rower or canoist drowns! Why the discrepency?
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PostSubject: boats on river red boards    Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:07 pm

an isolated error,   the person in-charge should be in jail for letter these kids on the water when the red boards were out,   

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2135460_isolated_error_led_to_college_rowing_boat_incident
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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:45 pm

Can we put the red boards out whenever I'm on the river. Bloody hate rowers.
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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:26 pm

Merged with original thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:37 pm

But how can it possibly be called just "an isolated error of judgement" if there the college does not have an automatic ban on rowing as and when the Environment Agency advise against people using unpowered boats on the river by displaying yellow boards?

Further, what justification does the college give for ignoring these warnings and if such warnings are systematically ignored, what's the point of the EA issuing them?
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PostSubject: Re: Rowers in lucky escape at Sunbury weir   Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:55 pm

Tim think the rowers are universally hated by all other river users in fact one of the few things most other user groups would be in agreement on .
Its not just the flow though that is dangerous for eg last winter whilst Chubbing 2 eights steamed by about 10 mins apart just at dusk with the second eight accompanied by the catamaran type coaches /rescue boat ......half an hour later now nearly dark the first eight came back no nav lights no rescue boat heading for there boat house upstream at a right lick...river pushing big lumps/tree trunks/branches floating down no way the would see them let alone avoid  cold water fast flow dark doh!
When the other eight and coaching boat came through 10 mins or so later I shouted over waqs it a good idea to have one crew so far upstream of help in the dark and got there stock answer to any question/comment ...which I am sure you can guess Steve
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