The recent warm weather has prompted high numbers of boating enthusiasts to take to the water, resulting in a record-breaking season for rescues, reports River Canal Rescue.
During June and July the breakdown and assistance firm undertook an average of 140 rescues per week, 17% higher than its 2013 equivalent average of 122. Weekly call-outs for these periods peaked at 190 this year and xxx last year.
RCR Managing Director, Stephanie Horton, comments: “The heat wave certainly encouraged people to take to the water earlier in the season and in many cases, they and their boats have not been out for a while and appear to be over-looking the basic checks.
“A small amount of preparation, such as; ensuring batteries are in a good condition, having a fuel service and checking the condition of cables could make the difference between making an unscheduled stop and carefree cruising.”
To find out more about River Canal Rescue visit www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk