A group of aspiring rowers at Argo rowing club narrowly escaped a collision with Rhine barge recently. Nobody was hurt but everyone in the boat got soaked.
‘Really bad luck,’ says Argo chair Mylene van Doorn. Such incidents are extremely rare, she says. ‘All our new rowers get a compulsory safety course in which they learn that they have to watch out on the Rhine. This was nobody’s fault really.’
As a gesture of concern, the four novices and their cox were offered lunch on Friday the 13th by the committee in charge of the training of novices. ‘It did give them quite a shock but they have said it wasn’t going to put them off going out on the river.’