Rowing Coach: Body Recovered

9 March 2015, 19:18

Police say a body that's been found in the Thames is that of a rowing coach who went missing while teaching.

Michael Hill, 48, went missing after getting separated from a boat near Putney on Monday 2 February 2015.

A body was recovered in the Putney area on Sunday 8 March.

Police said his next of kin had been informed.

In a statement, Latymer Upper School said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Michael Hill, a much loved and respected member of our rowing coach team, who was recovered from the Thames yesterday and has been formally identified.

"Our understanding is that Michael became separated from his launch in an incident during a coaching session with Thames Rowing Club in Putney on Monday 2nd February.  An investigation led by the PLA (Port of London Authority) is ongoing.

The Head, 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.”