A rowing coach who taught at several top boat clubs in London remains missing after falling into the Thames a week ago.
Hammersmith’s Latymer Upper School coach, Michael Hill, fell into the river after his coaching boat capsized near Putney embankment at around 7.20pm last Monday (February 2).
Chiswick RNLI, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the police searched extensively for the next 24 hours and have been searching every high and low tide since, but without any luck.
The father-of-three, 48, has coached rowing at the independent school since September 2012 and became a much-loved and respected member of the team.
He is also a coach at highly respected Thames Rowing Club in Putney, where he was coaching when the incident happened. He previously coached at London Rowing Club and Imperial College Boat Club and started his career out at Leeds University Rowing Club.
Last Monday’s alarm was first raised when a passer-by spotted his sports bag floating in the river and the small coaching boat bumping into moored vessels at Putney embankment.
A spokesman from PLA told getwestlondon: “We don’t have any new news on Michael Hill unfortunately.
"We carried out extensive searching on the evening and throughout the next 24 hours. We then did high and low weather searching, which is where we search every high and low tide and we’ve been doing that every day since but nothing has been found yet.”
Latymer Upper headmaster David Goodhew said: “This is an extremely distressing time for all at the school – in particular Michael’s colleagues in the boat club and pupil crews who make up the close-knit rowing community at Latymer Upper School.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this terrible time.”
Chiswick RNLI and the PLA are continuing their searches at every high and low tide.