Crane lifts Welsh stag party's capsized barge from canal

Workers from The Canal and River Trust are supervising the slow process of attaching a 30 metre winch to the narrow boat which became stuck in a lock on a canal near Bath. It capsized on the weekend after being hired by a stag party from Wales.

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Narrow boat winched out of Bath canal

Workers from The Canal and River Trust are supervising the slow process of attaching a 30 metre winch to the narrow boat which became stuck in a lock on a canal near Bath.

The boat capsized over the weekend after being hired by a stag party.

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Crane to remove capsized narrowboat today

The capsized narrowboat in Lock 11. Credit: ITV News/Robert Murphy

Attempts will be made today to move the narrowboat that has been blocking the Kennet and Avon Canal near Widcombe in Bath since Saturday.

Lock 11 has been closed since the barge capsized. The Canal and River Trust say a crane will begin work this morning. Three million litres of water will need to be drained.

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Canal may need to be drained after narrowboat capsized

The Canal and River Trust says it may have to drain three million litres of water from the Kennet and Avon after a narrowboat capsized.

The way the boat has fallen on to its side means it is difficult to crane out of Lock Eleven.

So the pound beneath the lock must be drained - which is the longest pound in the Bath flight of locks.

And draining the canal means the wildlife needs to be rescued first too. A specialist will be brought in to stun fish and save them before the water is pumped out.

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