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Kennet and Avon Canal near Bath re-opens after boat refloated

Canal boat re-floated Image copyright canal and river trust
Image caption The boat needed to be pumped-out after the mishap

A section of the Kennet and Avon Canal which was closed after a narrow boat sank in a lock has been reopened.

Part of the waterway near Bath was closed at the Wash House Lock following the incident on 1 November.

A Canal and River Trust spokesman said while righting the boat "took a couple of hours" many more were spent working out the best way to do it.

He said rescuers used ropes to secure the boat to the tow path before refilling the lock with water.

"The front end, which had been pointing down, then freed itself and the boat righted itself," he said.

Image copyright joe wheeler
Image caption The narrow boat was photographed after sinking on 1 November

"Accidents like this are not a common occurrence with perhaps a handful each year.

"Boating is a simple and safe pastime so I wouldn't let this put anyone off from trying it out."

The cost of the rescue operation is expected to be paid for by the boat's owners.

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