Tuesday 22 September 2009 5.40pm
There is no need or excuse for the sinking of dragon boats in the river race . They should carry a block of polystyrene cable-tied underneath each seat. They should carry a forward-facing lookout and the coxes should understand how their boats act in a fast tide stream especially when approaching bridges.
I don't want to read this in a coroner's report.
The rescue guys did a great job but if a boat ever sinks with its crew trying to get round under the bow of a moored lighter, there wouldnt be much left of any crew member who went its length underneath.All GRR boats and their skippers need to be able to cope with local conditions rather than depend on rescue services which can't always be there in time.
Rowing the Thames tideway is great,keep it safe.