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|2012-06-05 - Entertainment News|
Queen's rainy Diamond Jubilee celebration leaves supporters with hypothermia scare
-- Paula David - Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter
London, United Kingdom (4E) - Hundreds of supporters were suspected to have hypothermia after braving Queen Elizabeth II's rainy Diamond Jubilee river pageant along Thames River Tuesday.
According to the Sun, of the million people who watched the flotilla from the River Thames' banks, 101 were rushed to the hospital, and a total of 548 people were treated in London Ambulance Service mobile clinics set up to deal with emergencies during the celebration.
Meanwhile, 12 student singers of the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, who were invited to perfrom in the celebration were drenched in rain and shivering that paramedics had to check them for hypothermia assoon as they stepped on dry land, the Daily Mail reports.
The singers were made to jump up and down to keep them from going numb, the Daily Mail reports. Soprano Monic McGhee was told that she had a weak pulse and that her body went into shock.
Onthe other hand, aside from the numerous technical problem that the weather allowed, singer David Webb, 28, told the Daily Telegraph, "Performing in weather like that is something you don't ever expect to do - it was sheer grit and determination that kept us going."
Ben Fogle, English media personality, shared his experience in the Daily Telegraph. Fogle paddled a boat along the Thames together with Atlantic rower Olly Hicks, Amazon Kayaker Helen Skelton and Oxford Cox Zoe De Toledo. He said, "One of the most magnificent sights was the arrival of the Princess Elizabeth steam train in the middle of the bridge blowing her whistles, sending a thick plume of smoke and steam into the grey sky. There was a great roar of approval from the manpowered section."
Although he admitted many people seemed to hafve suffered hypothermia during the event, he said, "It was like being in a film as we all motored in convoy back up the river. The crowds reappeared along the river to show their appreciation...It was a suitably surreal way to end one of the most memorable days of my life."
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