Canal boat freed from Bath lock

A narrowboat that was trapped in a lock on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Bath has been refloated. It got stuck as it was travelling through Widcombe on 1 November.

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It's all done with ropes and water

Ropes stabilised the canal boat then the lock was filled with water to refloat it Credit: ITV News

The Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath has re-opened after being blocked for a fortnight when a narrowboat got stuck in a lock in Widcombe.

The Canal & River Trusts says the boat had been hired by an experienced crew. It got stuck on a ledge as it was going through the lock on 1 November.

The Trust rescued the boat in a two and a half hour operation. First it attached ropes to the vessel to make sure it remained stable and then carefully let water into the lock until it re-floated.

The boat has been taken for repairs.

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