Rowing on a river can be an exciting, rewarding activity. There are, however, dangers you should be aware of. Here are some of the dangers you may face when rowing on rivers.
The dangers of rowing on rivers – strong currents
Rivers can be unpredictable. There may be strong currents that could cause you to be dragged into the line of other, faster-moving river traffic, into riverbanks or rocks or, depending on where you are rowing, over the edge of waterfalls.
Unexpected obstacles underneath the water’s surface could also cause rowing accidents. Such obstacles may include anything from rocks and sandbanks to shopping trolleys and illegally discarded items of furniture.
In addition to potentially causing collisions with other water crafts, banks or rocks, strong currents can also cause your boat to capsize, as can colliding with underwater obstacles or getting stuck on sandbanks.
You could also be injured by the careless or reckless behaviour of other boaters. Speedboats riding too close to rowing boats can, for instance, cause rowing boats to capsize due to the waves created by their crafts. Lack of attention may also lead to fast boats ploughing into rowing boats.
Sadly, many rivers are also far from clean, and there is always a risk of being infected by bacterial or viral agents. Then, of course, there is always a risk of slips, trips and falls, especially while getting in and out of boats.
Common injuries when rowing on rivers
Common injuries sustained when rowing on rivers include:
- Lacerations, strains, sprains and bruises
- Dislocations, fractures, concussion and other head injuries
- Tendon inflammations and severe muscular pain due to overuse (rowing against currents can be extremely strenuous)
- Water-borne infections
You can prevent many river rowing accidents by using common sense and being extremely careful, especially when rowing on unfamiliar rivers. Some rowing boat accidents, however, cannot be prevented.
When others cause incidents
There is, for example, little you can do if another person acts irresponsibly or makes a mistake. If this happened to you and you were injured in a no-fault boating accident, you could be entitled to boating injury compensation.
To learn more about making a compensation claim and get rowing injury compensation advice from Accident Advice Helpline experts, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 now. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, both lines are obligation-free and strictly confidential.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice