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Canal boat sinks after becoming trapped in Batchworth Lock, Rickmansworth
A canal boat has sunk after becoming trapped in a Rickmansworth lock this afternoon.
The boat, thought to be from the 1920s, was travelling from Stockers Lock up to Casssiobury Park when it became trapped in Batchworth Lock at around 3.30pm.
As the lock filled with water the boat’s owner tried to prevent his vessel from becoming submerged.
Christa Williams of nearby Cafe @ Lock 81 witnessed the sinking.She said: “He (the owner) came down to get some food but the swan neck tiller got caught in the lock.
“He ran straight over trying to get it under control but it was too late.”
“The front of the boat went up with the water but the back couldn’t so it started taking on water.”
Fire crews and the Canal and River Trust both attended but could not prevent the sinking.
Floating booms were placed downstream to catch a small quantity of diesel that had spilled into the water.