in the event of an incident on water
In the event of an incident your first priority is for the safety
of competitors and yourself.
Keep all radio contact to a minimum.
Remember that launch-based marshals may have difficulty keeping in
constant communication with race control (this includes the start manager)
Control is the UH/UL officer in charge of dealing with the
1. Ensure that
radio traffic is continuously monitored throughout the event
2. Ensure that
the safety launch is in attendance
3. Keep radio
traffic to a minimum and stop unrelated radio discussion
appropriate, contact London Ambulance Service (state number of casualties and
nature of problem e.g. one rower, severe
leg injury following collision). Address is 81 hartington Rd, W4 3TU.
- If an ambulance has been called to ULBH: place a guide beside
Hartington Road to signal location of ULBH to the ambulance driver (they
will not be familiar with the location) - check
clear access route to front and back of ULBH.
- Prevent any further rowing crews from boating
- Co-ordinate reception of casualties
Count casualties as they
return to ULBH. Maintain a log of multiple casualties returned to ULBH.
ensure river-bank cleared of boats to
allow room for returning launches
prepare for casualties (i.e. expect a
degree of hypothermia; prepare warm drinks in ULBH lounge.)
- If a secondary evacuation centre has been designated (by the
senior medical officer):
additional helpers to the secondary centre as soon as possible.
o DESIGNATE AN INDIVIDUAL (AS APPROPRIATE) TO ACT AS THE UH/UL
OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE SECONDARY EVACUATION CENTRE. THAT INDIVIDUAL WILL ACT
AS CO-ORDINATOR AT THE SECONDARY CENTRE.
you have all safety equipment as set out in the British Rowing Row Safe before
boating (see display on boathouse wall) and
that you know how to use it.
the event of an incident your first priority is for the safety of competitors
IMMEDIATELY INFORM SAFETY LAUNCH VIA RADIO. Include your identity, location, nature of
incident and number of casualties (e.g. SAFETY, SAFETY , this is launch 2, capsized VIII 100yds downstream of Kew
Bridge, Nine people in the water).
If radio contact is not possible, use any
available mobile telephone to contact race control.
Ensure that you have an acknowledgement
from the safety launch (or control). Once your call has been acknowledged,
maintain radio silence unless there are further safety related issues.
If necessary, request assistance from
Medical Officer(s) (at start) and
notify race control to call London Ambulance Service (state number of
casualties and nature of problem e.g. one
rower, severe leg injury following collision)
If the incident is in the second half of
the course, call launch 4 (Finish
marshal) for assistance if necessary.
At all times keep radio traffic to the
minimum required (remember when you are transmitting no-one else can!)
If you are not required to help deal with
the emergency remain in your allocated station and monitor other crews.
The safety launch should provide the
primary rescue in most circumstances. Other launches in the vicinity should
stay away from the primary rescue unless called to assist (for example, in
dealing with the racing boat), but should maintain a good lookout to prevent
other river users from entering the incident area.
Tin fish launches should ONLY assist in
the recovery of persons in the water if it is safe to do so (do not put
yourself in danger).
Remember to keep a good lookout and
proceed with caution when close to persons in the water
Cut your engine or keep the engine carefully
monitored when recovering persons from water (danger of direct injury from
Take note of the stability of your own
craft as others climb aboard (consider towing to nearest river bank)
Beware of overloading your own craft
10. Use thermal blankets
and spare buoyancy aids
casualties to ULBH (unless it is agreed to use a secondary evacuation area following
discussion with senior medical officer)