The 63-year-old man was in a dinghy with six others. The rowers were training on the Open Water in Valkenburg, South Holland, when things went wrong. The sloop collided with a sand barge. How that could have happened is not known. The police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Collision with a sloop
The impact caused the boat to overturn and the rowers landed in the water. Except for the 63-year-old rower, everyone could get out of the water and bring themselves to safety. The victim was resuscitated and rushed to hospital.
He did not survive the accident, the rowing club announced tonight. Two other rowers also had to go to hospital, but they are now back home. The rowing club Ferox says on Facebook that it is very shocked. “We are upset and sad.”
The association does not want to disclose the name of the victim out of respect for the family. “He joined the association in 2019 and since then we have known him as an enthusiastic and very involved association member. Very typical of him: he was always there. Also last Tuesday he was on starboard three as always. Who could have imagined that a fine Tuesday night training would end in such a drama? “
Condolences pour in for the man. The Katwijk mayor has also responded to the death of the rower. “The fatal accident has ensured that an involved member of the rowing club, who was full and sporty in life, was taken from us far too soon.”
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