A TEACHER had a lucky escape when he plunged into the River Thames as he tried to help a school sculling crew.
Jon Brownley was in a motor launch helping the octuple from Shiplake College which had become stuck at Shiplake weir when his boat overturned.
He was swept through the weir before resurfacing at the other side. He then managed to climb out of the river.
Mr Brownley, 28, who teaches theology, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading by ambulance and later discharged.
The school has launched an investigation into the incident, which happened at about 4.45pm on Monday.