Emergency services at Shiplake College rowers rescue
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Shiplake College rowers: Man swept over Thames weir

A man had an "astonishing escape" after being swept over a weir on the River Thames as he tried to help a school rowing team that was in difficulty.

The man had been in a support boat helping the team of eight children from Shiplake College who became stuck on safety chains at Shiplake Weir, Henley.

Fire crews said the support boat was swept under the chains, towards the weir, plunging the man into the water.

  • 25 Mar 2014
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