Monday, 22 June 2015

River Canal Rescue frees boat trapped on Trent & Mersey Canal

River Canal Rescue is getting a reputation as THE company to call to raise submerged boats trapped in locks. On 11 June the emergency assistance firm was contacted by the Canal and River Trust to raise a sunken boat stuck in lock 53 of the Trent & Mersey canal.

The call was logged late afternoon and with a CRT decision to close this part of the canal until the rescue was completed, time was of the essence for RCR’s team.  By 9am the following day, engineers were on the case and three hours later the vessel was raised and the lock and canal was open for business.

RCR managing director Stephanie Horton explains: “While in the filling lock, a boater realised his rudder was stuck in the lock gates. By the time he got his friend’s attention, who was operating the lock, it had filled and completely submerged the 55ft, 6ft 10” craft.  The CRT’s decision to close the lock and manage public access was greatly appreciated; it ensured the area was secure and safe for us to work. As the boater is an engineer, he is sorting out his engine and remedial internal work.

“This is a classic example of our ethos in action which is to get boaters moving as soon as possible with minimum disruption and cost and to keep the navigation clear, reducing the likelihood of further incidents.”

In November last year, RCR took two hours to raise a boat that was stuck in lock 10 of the Kennet & Avon canal; contractors spent two weeks on the task.

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