A hire boat has sunk in lock 11 in the Bath flight and locks 7 to 11 are now closed until at least Tuesday. Nobody was on board the ABC Leisure boat, which caught on the cill of the lock and sank as the lock drained. The hirers were all on the lock side. They returned in a taxi to the ABC Leisure base at Hilperton this afternoon. Not only are the locks closed until further notice but there is a diesel spill in the canal as a result of the sinking.
If you are concerned about the safety or the behaviour of hire boat crews please complain to the hire boat company concerned and copy your complaint to Susie Mercer at CRT. For details of hire companies email addresses and Susie Mercer’s contact details see