Choppy conditions and a brisk wind put a sudden and water end to a day's practice for one dragon boat crew on Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday morning.
The boat, with 11 crew on board, capsized in East Basin late on Sunday morning but the crew were unable to get the swamped dragon boat back without a helping hand.
ACT Policing said water police, AFP SRG Maritime, were quickly on the scene to assist and helped most of the wet crew board their vessel.
A few remained in the dragon boat to "bail and monitor the tow line", a spokesman said.
"It was a slow tow for safety's sake but by around noon, the crew and the dragon boat were back at the yacht club. Another good save by our officers . . . and with the busy summer period on the way, probably the first of many," he said.