Priority is to re-float barge for repair work

Sunken barge
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.

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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