Last stranded boat to be rescued

Published: Thursday, 14 June 2018

ALL the boats left stranded by the Middlewich Branch breach were able to get away except one.

middlewich last boatThough the pound was drained when the breach occurred, a dam was inserted, water pumped up from the Trent & Mersey Canal to fill the drained section and the boats 'escaped' down through Wardle Lock, but one was so close to the breach that it became stranded at an angle.

Would hinder work

But now, Canal River Rescue has righted the boat and working with contractors plan to lift it out, as it cannot be left so close to the breach that it would hinder work on its eventual repair.

The contractors have laid a road down the canal bed so that a crane can get to the stricken boat and lift it out.