Bath fire crews in rising River Avon boat rescue drama
Fire crews have worked to rescue a boat which has become trapped on the River Avon after water levels rose dramatically overnight.
Owner Edward Martin, 30, had left the cruiser moored near Green Park Road while he travelled to visit his girlfriend Jennie Price in Wales.
He knew that the weather conditions were likely to lead to the river rising, so he left around 2ft of slack on the ropes, which he believed would be enough.
However, by this morning the boat was listing and was in danger of being pulled over as the water rose above the railings.
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Specialist fire fighters and staff from the Environment Agency have worked to loosen the ropes once again, but have said there is nothing more they can do until the water levels return to normal.
Mr Martin now faces a waiting game and cannot leave Bath because the boat is now over the lip of the bank and will need to be pushed back into the water when the time is right.
Miss Price, 34, said the couple usually travelled around together in the boat but she had gone to Wales to stay with her mother, who was ill.
This weekend her brother is holding an engagement party, so Mr Martin went to visit her and thought he had left the boat in a safe position.
She said: “It has just been really abnormal weather.
“He gave it what he thought was enough slack on the three ropes and last night a lady we know sent us some photographs and it was fine.
“But then last night the water rose even more and what has happened is the ropes have worked their way to the top of the railings and have started pulling the boat onto its side.”
She added: “He has to hang around in Bath now and keep checking, because once the water goes down he will need to push it back into the water.”