Sunken Barge In Tiverton

Canal rangers in Tiverton are trying to lift a sunken barge in the Grand Western Canal after it sunk last week

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Repair work to begin on barge

The barge has now been towed back to the canal basin. It was taking on water quite quickly so it was dragged onto a slipway to stop it sinking any further where the holes were discovered.

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The barge was taking on water quite quickly it had to be pulled onto a slipway Credit: ITV Westcountry

Barge back above the water line

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The barge will now be towed back to the canal basin for repairs Credit: ITV Westcountry

It took about 20 mins to pump out the water but the barge is just about floating again. The outboard motor and battery were removed earlier in the week so it can't move anywhere under its own power.

Priority is to re-float barge for repair work

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It's not clear why the barge started sinking Credit: ITV Westcountry

Canal ranger Mark Baker (pictured) says they don't know why it started sinking. It is possible the contractors who were doing the tree surgery work dropped heavy logs into the boat and pierced the hull. Or it might have simply rusted through over the years.

Work to re-float barge begins

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A JCB will raise the barge above the water level so water can be pumped out to re-float it Credit: ITV Westcountry

Rangers have begun pumping water out of a sunken barge on Tiverton's Grand Western Canal. It started sinking last week while tree surgery work was being carried out along the bank.

Once it has been re-floated it will then be towed back to the canal basin for repairs.

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Attempts made to lift sunken barge

Canal rangers in Tiverton are trying to lift a sunken barge in the Grand Western Canal. It's used for maintenance tasks along the waterway and began sinking near Tidcombe Lane last week. They tried to plug a leak in the barge at the end of last week but it sunk again over the weekend.

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The barge is used for maintenance and began sinking last week Credit: ITV Westcountry