No, it wasn’t a dropped wind­lass

FOSSDYKE NAV­I­GA­TION

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DIVERS HAD TO be brought in to Tork­sey Lock on the Fossdyke Nav­i­ga­tion to check out the depths when part of the lock’s op­er­at­ing mech­a­nism be­came dam­aged.

It turned out to be a prob­lem with the rod op­er­at­ing a top pad­dle: a bolt con­nect­ing the rod to the pad­dle needed re­plac­ing and for­tu­nately, the divers were able to make the re­pair.

De­spite this, the work was “far from straight­for­ward”, ac­cord­ing to Sean McGin­ley, CRT wa­ter­way man­ager.

“Imag­ine try­ing to carry out re­pairs to your car when you’re in full div­ing gear sur­rounded by cold wa­ter, it’s no mean feat.

“Al­though the wa­ter was really clear, vis­i­bil­ity would still have been far from per­fect so the divers did a great job and it’s bril­liant that the lock is now back to its best.”

The lock is the first on the his­toric Fossdyke Nav­i­ga­tion and en­ables boaters to make their way from the River Trent to Lin­coln, Bos­ton and be­yond.

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