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Lucky escape for the owner.............

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Not clear if they saved the man from a pontoon or the weir barrier ?

This report in the Daily Mail .....

 

In Worcestershire, a man is recovering after being rescued from his boat which got trapped in the middle of the swirling and flooded River Severn, one of the country's most powerful rivers.

 

His 40ft long boat got pinned broadside against a pontoon at the Diglis Basin, where the river passes through Worcester, last night.

 

The man was trapped on board with flood water rushing past him, the boat unable to be moved because of the pressure of the current against its hull, holding it fast against the pontoon in mid-river.

 

Fire crews managed to rescue the man, who was unhurt, at considerable risk to themselves, but couldn't save the boat which smashed free of the pontoon and was swept downstream.

 

It was located, badly damaged, almost 10 miles downriver south of Upton-on-Severn, near the M50 bridge today.

 

It was fortunate when the boat broke free from the plastic boom it headed bow first over the weir. There was an eight foot wave , called s 'Stopper' at the foot of the weir. This would roll over and sink any sideways boat.The Severn should be treated with great caution in times of flood.

Edited by Max Sinclair

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Apparently another boat got into trouble at Worcester the other day too. Not sure which day it was but my parents came past the railway bridge to see a narrowboat tied to the middle pillar and a dingy they assume rescuing people from it. When they came back from where they went there was no sign of anyone there.

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Finally found a good connection!

 

This is a pic of the boat just after it hit us at 6A.M.

It turned sideways after bouncing off the trip boat. Luckily it missed the big plastic cruiser...

 

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