Cambridgeshire boat of plastic milk bottle tops takes to river

A man who spent three years collecting 10,000 plastic milk bottle tops has turned them into a boat.

Jason Embleton, from Cambridgeshire, said he used his "limited boat-making skills" to create the craft in his back garden.

He had tried many different products before deciding to melt and mould milk bottle lids together.

Mr Embleton took three-and-a-half hours to sail his milk bottle boat four miles (6.4km) on the River Cam on Saturday.

He said he had wanted to build a boat for many years but had wanted to use only recycled materials.

Swan attacks

"I settled on the milk carton caps because they can be melted into a spreadable goo that can be re-melted and re-shaped," Mr Embleton said

While testing the boat, Mr Embleton said he had been attacked by swans on a number of occasions, and realised that his milk bottle top boat was not entirely waterproof.

Image caption Mr Embleton melted and moulded 10,000 milk bottle tops in his back garden

He had to bail out the boat to keep the vessel steady but was pleased he made the trip from Cambridge to Waterbeach in under his anticipated time of four hours.

"Everyone's been really supportive along the way and it's been great," he said.

Mr Embleton raised funds for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), which collected lids at their shop at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

He now plans to start collecting more recyclable material for another boat.

"Mark II is on its way," he said.

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