Coal man found dead in canal

Published: Saturday, 14 January 2023

SOME very sad news, Keith Gudgin writes.

I have just had a phone call telling me that Rick Cooper, of the coalboat Auriga, was found dead in the canal next to his coalboat this morning, Friday, near Marston Junction on the Coventry.

Started first coal run

He had just started his first coal run again after being incapacitated by having his shoulder dislocated earlier in the year.

Sad news indeed, he was a very nice fellow and a very good friend of mine.

His family are now looking for someone to look after Cassie, his dog.