That sinking feeling: Barges tip over and submerge while over are left high and dry after mechanical glitch at sluice gate DRAINS canal in just 90 minutes
- Boats were left stranded on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath, Somerset, on Tuesday evening
- The canal level dropped by almost two metres in an hour and a half after a technical fault drained the water
- Stranded boat drivers had to sit and wait to be rescued from the bog by emergency services
A row of canal and river boats were left sitting high and dry after a bizarre mechanical fault which left a canal DRAINED of water.
Boats were left stuck in the mud, or tipped partially on their side in the remaining trickle of water, after the canal level dropped dramatically by almost two metres in just an hour and a half.
Bemused passengers were left sitting atop their stranded canal narrowboats, waiting for emergency services to come and rescue them from the muddy bog that was left behind.
Boats were left stuck in the mud or tipped on their side after the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath, Somerset, rapidly drained of water
Water levels in the canal level dropped dramatically by almost two metres in only an hour and a half
Passengers were left sat on top of their stranded boats, unable to walk ashore because of the thick mud on the canal bed
Other passengers braved the cold water to try and rescue the submerged boats, which had been evacuated before they sunk
This canal boat called ‘Indian Scout’ was one of the casualities of the bizzare incident on the river Avon
The bizarre draining, at Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath, Somerset, happened on Tuesday evening from around 5pm, due to a mechanical failure with the sluice gates at Twerton, Bath.
Crews from Avon Fire and Rescue attended the scene with their specialist water rescue unit, in order to stabilise the boats.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Canal & River Trust said: ‘The Canal & River Trust, and emergency services were on site to help as soon as we were made aware of the situation.
Those who were stranded had to sit and wait for the emergency services to rescue them. Crews from Avon Fire and Rescue attended the scene with their specialist water rescue unit
A spokesperson for the Canal & River Trust said: ‘The Canal & River Trust, and emergency services were on site to help as soon as we were made aware of the situation’
‘We closed the waterway between locks 6 and 7, at 7pm.’
A message on the Canal & River Trust website yesterday read: ‘Please be advised that there is a mechanical failure of the Environment Agency sluice gates at Twerton.
‘The water levels between lock 6, Weston Lock and Lock 7, Bath Bottom Lock are currently dropping rapidly.
The fault was due to a mechanical failure of the Environment Agency sluice gates at Twerton, affecting a whole stretch of canal
Boats were left either stranded or tipped on their side in the muddy sludge that was left behind after the water drained
The bizarre draining happened on Tuesday evening from around 5pm, and was caused by a mechanical failure
The Environment Agency dispatched engineers to the scene after the technical fault, while anyone in danger was advised to call 999
‘The Environment Agency have been informed and their engineers are on [the] way to [the] site however we are advising customers not to navigate.
‘The emergency services are in attendance. If you are in immediate danger please contact 999.’