We pulled pins on Thursday morning just before 10.00 and before long the mizzle (mist and drizzle ) started .When we arrived at New Marton bottom lock there was a hire boater moored on the lock landing and mooring ropes attached forward and aft. Right I said I'm going to have a go at him “wait there” said Carolyn . She went and spoke to the guy and he said he was told to wait there as there was an incident at the next lock……
The boat had entered the lock with 2 fenders down on the starboard side, Both the people got off and lifted the paddles and as the lock started to empty the boat got caught on the side of the lock .Not knowing what action to take the lock carried on empting and the stern got lower and lower. Luckily the guy who lives in the lock cottage ran out and tried to help them.
They then filled all the holes and breathers at the back of the boat then attached ropes and winches .They then started to fill the lock at the same time as winching up the stern. Eventually with an almighty splash the boat became free.
This is the boat after the incident. I think they were very lucky it ended as well as it did and lucky that there were no people onboard when it happened. The guy in the lock cottage did say that they have never had anything like that happen here before.