Women’s crew get sinking feeling a week ahead of Thames Boat Race

The Oxford University Women's boat crew experienced that sinking feeling as they prepared for next week’s Boat Race in London when their vessel sank in the Thames during practice.

Crews at the final bend in the annual Boat Race

Crews at the final bend in the annual Boat Race. Image by Supermac1961 / CC BY 2.0

The eight rowers and their cox had to be taken out of the water by an RNLI launch during a training session. The crew is favourite to win but the cold dip was far from ideal preparations for the annual event against rivals Cambridge.

The accident happened because strong winds created unsafe water and after three successive waves, the craft took on too much water. The Daily Telegraph reported that the cox and crew were taken onto the Chiswick lifeboat before returning to Putney. The boat was later recovered from its sunken state and returned to Oxford’s base in time for next week’s race.

The Boat Races take place on Saturday, 11 April.

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