Saturday, 19 June 2021

Shiplake College Teacher falls through weir

A MAN had a lucky escape when he fell into the River Thames as he tried to help a school rowing team.

He was in a support boat helping the team of eight pupils from Shiplake College which became stuck at Shiplake weir when he was plunged into the water.

Two pupils also fell in but all three had managed to get out by the time police and firefighters arrived.

The school said everyone had been accounted for after the accident at about 4.45pm yesterday.

Fire crews from Henley, Wantage, Wokingham Road, and Didcot attended the incident as well as a rescue boat from Kidlington.

Firefighters said the support boat was swept under the safety chains towards the weir.

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