This was a training accident, before the regatta. My information is
that Dzimitry was at some distance from any rescue boat, rather than
I question the much over-used term "professional", routinely bolted onto
"official" comments in almost every unfortunate situation to make it
seem that whatever then happens was done with skilled planning & deep
expertise. Had it been that professional, wouldn't Dzimitry have survived?
That something breaks on an adaptively-rigged boat, capsizing the
sculler and trapping him, is a poor start, suggesting inadequate safety
& release equipment in the boat. To then be submerged for some time &,
I understand, to get just his head to the surface, only to slip back &
drown, suggests that he may still have been trapped & had been held
under for far too long.
That the bolts holding one side of the rigger/pontoon system to the hull
were missing (I understand), with that side of the boat undamaged, while
the lip on the other side of the boat was apparently twisted and ripped
off, strongly suggests that complete failure of 2 bolts on the one side
allowed the boat to roll over. The actual failure mode may be
undiscoverable if those bolts remain on the lake bed, but is concerning.
It suggests a metal fatigue failure, from repeated over-tightening of
the missing bolts. Over-tightening of M6 stainless bolts, because the
wrenches allow this even though stainless bolts are far softer than
high-tensile steel, is what we rowers like to do!
To be almost 2 years down the road, leaving rowers without information
on which to act, may satisfy "procedure" but hardly helps to advance
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