Friday, December 13, 2013

Cycling Bicycle Alone Accident Fall AFL Richmond Tigers Legend Neville Crowe Yarra River Bike Plunge 3AW & Herald Sun Sept.18th 2012 Community Safety Negligence Cycling Participation Policy Victoria's Cycling Strategy


The 75-year-old football great was cycling alongside the river near the Victoria St bridge in Richmond on Saturday morning when he hit a rock in the grass on the edge of the path and tumbled 8m down the embankment.
"He was possibly in danger of drowning.  When his head popped up in the water it was a great relief but he definitely needed to be pulled out," Mr. Greene told Neil Mitchell."
This morning, the Rumour file learned Richmond club legend Neville Crowe took a nasty spill while riding his bicycle along the Yarra in North Richmond at the weekend. 
He tumbled eight metres into the River and was saved by a passing jogger who happened to be a Richmond fanatic.
Neil Mitchell chased down the good Samaritan, John Greene, for a quick chat this morning.
"He was possibly in danger of drowning.  When his head popped up in the water it was a great relief but he definitely needed to be pulled out," Mr. Greene told Neil Mitchell.
LISTEN BELOW: Neil Mitchell talks with John Greene
Greene said it required a daisy chain of other bystanders to pull him out of the water.
"We all went down the bank to the edge of river and I was able to drag him through the mud to the the embankment.  Luckily we were able to form a human chain and drag him out."

Richmond legend Neville Crowe pulled to safety by stranger after Yarra River bike plunge

Neville Crowe
Richmond legend Neville Crowe was saved from the Yarra River on the weekend by lifelong Tigers fan John Greene. Mr Crowe presented his saviour with a signed Richmond jumper from yesteryear. Picture: Stuart Walmsley Source:HWT Image Library
RICHMOND legend Neville Crowe has awarded a best on ground performance to a fan who rescued him after he fell into the Yarra River while cycling.
The 75-year-old football great was cycling alongside the river near the Victoria St bridge in Richmond on Saturday morning when he hit a rock in the grass on the edge of the path and tumbled 8m down the embankment.
Jogger and lifelong Tigers fan John Greene found Mr Crowe after he saw a group of cyclists looking for him in the water.
"I went down the embankment and Neville's bike was still sticking up and as I grabbed hold of it and pulled it up thankfully he was still hanging onto it and he popped up,'' Mr Greene said.
"From the embankment it's quite a steep drop and there's a lot of grass, I couldn't see him at all and he was under the water, I could just see the top of his bike.''
Mr Greene said he realised it was the former Richmond captain and president when he saw his distinctive moustache.
"As soon as I saw him pop up out of the water I just managed to get my arm around him and look at him and he had his helmet on and I recognised the moustache and I said, 'Oh, Neville Crowe' and he said, 'Yeah, that's right.'
"I wasn't going to let him go ... the whole family has been Richmond supporters for 40 years.''
Mr Crowe said he blacked out when he fell down the embankment and was thankful to see Mr Greene.
"I thanked God because God doesn't treat me well sometimes,'' Mr Crowe said.
A group of cyclists and workers from local businesses helped the pair up the embankment before Mr Greene drove Mr Crowe home to his house in Burwood.
The pair were reunited at the spot of the dramatic rescue today where Mr Crowe presented Mr Greene with a guernsey signed by Richmond players from 1967, '69, '73 and '74.
He told his rescuer, "You got the three votes, mate."
Mr Crowe, who has Alzheimer's, suffered cuts and bruising to his thighs, shins and wrists in the fall.
Despite the tumble he hopes to be cycling again within a week.
"The bike's in good shape, I've got to do a bit of a tune up on it but I've got it nice and cleaned up again.''
Mr Crowe played 151 games for Richmond and was captain from 1963-66.
In 1990 he became the club’s president and helped the Tigers out of near financial ruin by raising $1.5million in 10 weeks.

http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/richmond-legend-neville-crowe-rescued-by-tigers-supporter/20120918-26391.html

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/richmond-legend-neville-crowe-pulled-to-safety-after-yarra-river-plunge/story-e6frf7jo-1226476404104

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/richmond-legend-neville-crowe-struggles-to-remember-his-childrens-names/story-e6frg6n6-1226489487840#mm-premium



             " Around 80% of all cyclist hospitalisations are for crashes 
that do not involve motor vehicles."

"All the cyclists who have a crash ‘all by themselves’, 

called bicycle alone or single vehicle crashes 

as no other vehicle was involved

                 These account for around 80% of all hospitalisations." 







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