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Facilities for Medical Aid

First Aid

Serious Injury


1. Primary – UL Boathouse

Senior Medical Officer (JM) – launch 3 at start. Contact by radio/mobile phone

By Road

By Air

1. ULBH – 81 Hartington Rd, W4 3TU


2. TSSC – Dukes Meadows W4 2SH (or MAABC, Ibis Lane, W4 3UJ)

2. University of Westminster playing fields W4 3UJ


Please bear in mind the additional requirements during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Those involved in first aid should wear appropriate PPE including gloves, eyewear and face masks.
  • A full record should be kept of those involved
  • Decontamination of relevant areas should occur following an incident

Action 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 incident.
  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
  4. If 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Prevent any further rowing crews from boating unless advised by control
  7. Wear appropriate PPE and ask the casualty to wear a mask
  8. 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.)
  9. If a secondary evacuation centre has been designated (by the senior medical officer):
    • send additional helpers to the secondary centre as soon as possible.

Launch officials

  • Ensure 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.
  • In the event of an incident your first priority is for the safety of competitors and yourself.
  1. 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”).
  2. If radio contact is not possible, use any available mobile telephone to contact race control.
  3. 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.
  4. 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”)
  5. If the incident is in the second half of the course, call launch 4 (Finish marshal) for assistance if necessary.
  6. At all times keep radio traffic to the minimum required (remember when you are transmitting no-one else can!)
  7. If you are not required to help deal with the emergency remain in your allocated station and monitor other crews.
  8. Those involved in the rescue should wear appropriate PPE
  9. 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.
  10. 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 propeller)
    • 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
  11. Use thermal blankets and spare buoyancy aids
  12. Take casualties to ULBH (unless it is agreed to use a secondary evacuation area – following discussion with senior medical officer)

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