From Chris Williams, Chairman of Tideway Scullers School, a London rowing club whose boathouse is at the finish of the Putney to Mortlake Boat Race.
It is with great regret and enormous sadness that I have to advise you of the death of Marcello Minale the President of the Tideway Scullers School. It is a great shock to us all.
Marcello died whilst on the Tideway Scullers School winter training camp at Cannes in circumstances which are at present under investigation by the French police. I can however say in response to a number of questions that it was not a rowing related incident. However as the case is effectively sub judice I cannot give any more information at this time. We will of course advise Members of further details as soon as we can.
Marcello's family have been advised of the details. All our thoughts are with them in their tragic bereavement. The club will be marking the tragic loss of this much loved and greatly respected member in an appropriate way at the earliest possible date.
Chairman, Tideway Scullers School
Notes from the Rowing Service, 6pm Monday January 1st 2001:
The French press and wires have already heard about this tragedy, and the following is the official line on the matter: Marcello Minale was fatally injured as a result of an argument with another member of Tideway Scullers. A 23-year-old is being held by local police, and the incident is being treated as a murder enquiry.
Minale had been a member of Auriol Kensington Rowing Club also, and began to move to Scullers many years ago when his coaching at the club lured him to become a full member. He took over as President three years ago, and was "a great member of the club, always fun and very much respected".