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Barges are stuck after mechanical glitch DRAINS canal in 90 minutes

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/09/2020 Antonia Paget For Mailonline
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A row of canal and river boats were left high and dry after a bizarre mechanical fault drained a canal of water.

Boats were left stuck in the mud, or tipped partially on their side in the remaining trickle of water, after the water level dropped by almost six feet in just an hour and a half.

Bemused passengers were left sitting atop their stranded vessels, waiting for emergency services to come and rescue them from the muddy bog left behind.

a boat that is floating in the water: 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

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
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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.

a boat traveling down a river: 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 © Provided by Daily Mail 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 man standing next to a tree: 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' © Provided by Daily Mail 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. 

a small boat in a body of water: The fault was due to a mechanical failure of the Environment Agency sluice gates at Twerton, affecting a whole stretch of canal

The fault was due to a mechanical failure of the Environment Agency sluice gates at Twerton, affecting a whole stretch of canal
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'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.'

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