Serious incident 2nd Feb
3rd February 2015
To all London Clubs
You are probably aware of the tragic incident that occurred yesterday evening. Michael coached both at Thames Rowing Club and Latymer School. I have repeated messages from both clubs at this difficult time. I would ask that all clubs ask their members to respect both Thames RC and Latymer Sc. BC wishes at this difficult time.
British Rowing and the TRRC will keep all clubs informed of any developments.
Below is the message sent to all Thames Rowing Club members.
We report with great sadness that Mike Hill, a volunteer coach of the women's squad, is still missing this evening.
It is currently believed that Mike fell into the Thames from his launch near the Black Buoy at around 19:20 this evening. The police and lifeboat were called to the scene to undertake a search of the area.
At 22:30 this evening, the police called off their search for the night and will resume it again tomorrow when it is low tide.
They have asked that we leave them to undertake the search by themselves. Any voluntary assistance is more likely to hinder them.
They will undertake a low tide search a further 3 times before deciding on the next step.
Any further developments will be reported to the next of kin, before being communicated to the club.
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to Mike's family and friends at this difficult moment.
Phil McGee head of rowing at Latymer School has released the following statement;
A tragic incident this evening. Having just spoken to Michael's partner I'm trying to spread the word to request that people refrain from facebook / twitter comms regarding this for the consideration of his family, in particular his eldest son who rows.