No, it wasn’t a dropped windlass
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.