Narrowboat rescued from Kennet and Avon Canal

A hired narrowboat which capsized in a lock on the Kennet and Avon canal near Bath is being moved by crane. The lock will reopen on Friday 21 March at 10am.

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Rescue of narrowboat

A narrowboat which has been capsized in the Widcombe lock since Saturday is being moved. Credit: ITV News West Country
Engineers are pulling the boat out of the Kennet and Avon Canal and will then empty it of water before floating it out of the lock. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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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Canal partly closed after barge capsizes near Bath

The Kennet and Avon Canal is blocked today due to a capsized barge in Lock 11, near Widcombe, Bath. ITV News understands the canal will remain closed until well into next week, as a crane operation is required to move the barge.

We will have more on this story on ITV News West Country tonight at 6:35pm.