Tyne RC hit the headlines

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January 3rd 2000
Item contributed by Ken Hastie, of North-Eastern Rowing News in the UK.

Tyne RC featured in the BBC television news today when their eight got into difficulties just beside the Copthorne Hotel in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne shortly after lunch time. Rescue services were called out and they pulled the nine rowers from the icy waters of the Tyne.
The news item featured dramatic footage from the rescue helicopter showing the bedraggled rowers being hauled to safety, beside their stricken craft. No mention was made of how the Crew got into difficulties, but initial reports by the news team that it was a Tynemouth RC crew proved to be incorrect.
One of the crew members was reported to be still in hospital suffering from hypothermia.

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