Gravesend Rowing Club crew rescued from Thames after boat snaps

PUBLISHED: 14:23 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:23 24 June 2013

Nine members of Gravesend Rowing Club had to be rescued after their boat snapped in half on the River Thames.

The crew spent 45 minutes in the water on Saturday afternoon before they were spotted by a tug boat at Tilbury. Five were saved by the boat and the remaining four were rescued by Gravesend RNLI.

One rower suffered mild hypothermia and had to be taken to hospital.

The club’s captain Alex Wood said: “The waves got really high, so we turned the boat around.

“We’d started rowing back and then what seemed like a gigantic wave hit us from the bow, filled the boat up, and then the boat snapped in two.”

Steve King, of Gravesend RNLI, said: “They were up to their shoulders in water - the boat was actually sinking underneath them.

“Had they been in the water any longer, we may have been facing a different scenario.”

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