> On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 18:27:29 +0000, Henry Law
> The follow-up posts on this are a worrying read. If there's to be an
> enquiry then some of what's posted might be prejudicial.
Without wishing to be prejudicial, it looks pretty frightening. Amidst all
the other dangers of nine people tumbling into water that is fast flowing
and none too warm, there's lots of stuff to get tangled up in, and
potentially trap people under water. Thankfully that didn't happen.
One thing that often gets missed in the briefing of crews unfamiliar with
fast and turbulent water is the need for the engine room to respond in a
swift and positive manner to signals from the bridge. About 15 years ago
(and nearly 15kg lighter!) I had to make this point when occasionally coxing
crews of veteran novice women on Melbourne's Yarra River, which whilst
sometimes no more than a docile meander can at others take on the nature of
a fierce torrent. On days when the water was still rowable but clearly
tricky I'd make it plain that even if sitting at easy, crew members could
only reach for a drink or start to put on clothing when I told them it was
safe so to do.
To avoid any possibility of prejudice, let it be clear that I cannot
possibly tell from those pictures if this in any way relates to what
happened there on the Tideway.