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Work to re-float barge begins

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.

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