RNLI Mudeford called to assist during an incident on the river Stour
RNLI Mudeford were paged at 11:13 to a report of a rowing boat in trouble on the river Stour
During our passage to the scene we were updated that there were multiple people in the water and more than one vessel involved.
When we arrived at the location we found an upturned support boat and 4 persons on the river bank wet, cold and appearing to be in a confused state and very concerned for the other members of their group.
We then proceeded up stream where we discovered 3 more of the group ashore and 2 capsized rowing boats.
The situation was confused and we struggled to get accurate numbers of people involved in the incident.
Knowing that the people ashore were safe we left a crewman with the group and commenced a thorough search of the immediate area for any persons unaccounted for.
During that search we received information that all casualties were accounted for so we then ended our search and changed our tasking to recover equipment and the 3 casualty vessels.
RNLI Mudeford then returned them to the rowing club before returning to station at 13:31.
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