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Byline: Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat crew members came to the aid of the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club when their craft was overcome by choppy conditions while training for the University Boat Race this morning.
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While passing through Putney on exercise this morning, the crew of the Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat noticed some unusual manoeuvrings on the water just beyond Fulham railway bridge. A few moments later they noticed that an eight had swamped and the coaches were in the process of removing athletes to a nearby barge. Strong wind against tide had created choppy conditions and three successive waves poured over the boats’ riggers, creating an influx of water that could not be managed by the craft’s bilge pump.
 
The Oxford crew and their cox were boarded onto the Chiswick lifeboat and returned to Putney. The sunken eight was then recovered by three coach’s launches and safely returned to Oxford’s base.
 
RNLI helmsman Ian Owen commented: ‘While we have rescued quite a number of rowers over the years, this is the first time I’ve been involved in helping such a prestigious team. The weather can be unpredictable on the Thames, and the Oxford University team dealt with the situation as safely and calmly as possible. We wish them all the best for their upcoming race.’
 
Chiswick Lifeboat always has a busy day during the Boat Race, on several occasions in the past they have picked up over-enthusiastic supporters from the river. This year the crew will also be overseeing the RNLI’s Alternative Boat Race on the day before, 10 April.  250 sponsored model Lifeboats will be completing the final stages of the Boat Race course with the help of the incoming tide. The winning sponsor will be able to name a new D class lifeboat. There are still a few boats available to sponsor. For information go to www.rnli.org.uk/boatrace.

The Alternative Boat Race can be viewed from the towpath in Mortlake from 5.30. It will also be broadcast online at www.rnli.org.uk/boatrace.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information, please contact Joanna Dey on 07760451877 or joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Photo caption – Chiswick lifeboat help Oxford University women’s boat club 

Byline: Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat crew members came to the aid of the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club when their craft was overcome by choppy conditions while training for the University Boat Race this morning.
Page Content:

While passing through Putney on exercise this morning, the crew of the Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat noticed some unusual manoeuvrings on the water just beyond Fulham railway bridge. A few moments later they noticed that an eight had swamped and the coaches were in the process of removing athletes to a nearby barge. Strong wind against tide had created choppy conditions and three successive waves poured over the boats' riggers, creating an influx of water that could not be managed by the craft's bilge pump.
 
The Oxford crew and their cox were boarded onto the Chiswick lifeboat and returned to Putney. The sunken eight was then recovered by three coach’s launches and safely returned to Oxford’s base.
 
RNLI helmsman Ian Owen commented: ‘While we have rescued quite a number of rowers over the years, this is the first time I’ve been involved in helping such a prestigious team. The weather can be unpredictable on the Thames, and the Oxford University team dealt with the situation as safely and calmly as possible. We wish them all the best for their upcoming race.’
 
Chiswick Lifeboat always has a busy day during the Boat Race, on several occasions in the past they have picked up over-enthusiastic supporters from the river. This year the crew will also be overseeing the RNLI’s Alternative Boat Race on the day before, 10 April.  250 sponsored model Lifeboats will be completing the final stages of the Boat Race course with the help of the incoming tide. The winning sponsor will be able to name a new D class lifeboat. There are still a few boats available to sponsor. For information go to www.rnli.org.uk/boatrace.

The Alternative Boat Race can be viewed from the towpath in Mortlake from 5.30. It will also be broadcast online at www.rnli.org.uk/boatrace.

RNLI Media contacts

For more information, please contact Joanna Dey on 07760451877 or joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Photo caption - Chiswick lifeboat help Oxford University women's boat club