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Rower Injured after Collision with Barge seeks Compensation

A rower, who was injured in a collision with a 49-foot barge, is reported to be in the process of seeking compensation.

Rachel Barnes was rowing on the River Thames when the accident happened back in May 2010. The Reading University Boat Club rower was on one of her morning training sessions, trying to build up fitness with the aim of qualifying for Team GB in the Commonwealth Rowing Regatta.

The Reading Chronicle reports that the accident is now the subject of a compensation hearing at the High Court in London. Mrs Barnes’ legal team told the court that she was crossing the river when she was struck by a 49 foot barge called “Snow Bunting”.

The collision caused her neck and rib injuries. It also reportedly caused her to lose her confidence, and as a result of this, her dreams of qualifying for the Commonwealth Rowing Regatta ended. The paper states that she is now seeking injury compensation.

Her legal team are reported to have argued at the High Court recently that the barge had strayed onto her side of the river and was in the wrong channel. The other side counter argues that the barge was on the right side of the river, and that Mrs Barnes blindly cut across.

A decision in the case is expected at a later date.

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