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Don’t be­come the sub­ject of a ma­jor boat res­cue – make sure the weed hatch is se­cure

How many boats do you reckon were res­cued by River Canal Res­cue in 2016, ten... 20...? Okay, let’s go out on a limb and say maybe 40, cer­tainly no more.

Ac­tu­ally, in the 12 months up to the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber the num­ber stood at 119 ma­jor and 31 mi­nor in­ci­dents – that’s nearly dou­ble 2015’s fig­ure (see page 6). And in case you’re won­der­ing, ma­jor means ‘sub­merged, par­tially sunken or grounded craft, plus sal­vage work’; mi­nor are those ‘that can be re­solved with­out a full res­cue team’.

So, what were the causes of so many ma­jor in­ci­dents? The main ones were nav­i­ga­tor er­ror, boats get­ting caught on cills, fail­ure to keep weed hatches se­cure/ drain holes clear and not clear­ing the engine room of wa­ter. The cause that’s per­haps most sur­pris­ing out of that lot is fail­ing to keep the weed hatch se­cure, be­cause in most boats it’s easy enough to get at and check. What also seems to be hap­pen­ing is that peo­ple are div­ing down the weed hatch, as you do, but are fail­ing to se­cure it prop­erly af­ter­wards.

Just a thought for next time you go out on the boat.

And fi­nally, as this is the last is­sue of 2016, all of us here at Canal Boat would like to wish all of you a very happy 2017.

NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

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