New high for River Canal Rescue

The number of rescues carried out by RCR rose again in 2017 The number of rescues carried out by RCR rose again in 2017
Industry Database

The number of rescues carried out by River Canal Rescue in 2017 has again reached a new high.

In the period from January 1 to December 31, teams from RCR attended 162 incidents (137 major and 25 minor), 8% up from 150 (119 major and 31 minor) in 2016.

Major is defined as submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work; minor as situations which on attendance, can be resolved without the need for a full rescue team.

Lapse of concentration

“The main causes of major rescues are silling or catching the rudder in the lock,” explained RCR MD Stephanie Horton. “Usually this is due to a momentary lapse of concentration and something that can happen to experienced and inexperienced boaters.”

And she explained that other reasons for rescue often include an insecure weed hatch, a vessel taking on water or listing, hull issues, groundings and other mishaps and fires that are usually electrically related.

There could also be domestic water ingress or prop and drive system damage caused by underwater obstacles.

Call-outs

Outside the rescue requests, RCR call-outs - from electrical, fuel and engine issues to flat batteries, over-heating and gear box failures - totalled 4691, up 115 from 4576 the previous year.

The majority of call outs – 72% were to narrowboats.

“It’s evident that a surge in the popularity of our waterways coupled with an increase in the number of owners who fail to service and maintain their boats are key contributors to these spiralling numbers,” added Ms Horton. “In many cases, the call-out could have been avoided with a little know-how, by giving the boat a once-over or simply carrying spares.”

Latest Press Releases

The Poole Harbour Boat Show Exhibitor Stand Space and Sponsorship Sales Open Now

The Poole Harbour Boat Show is now officially launched for a return in 2020 to the spectacular boati... Read more

Barton Marine take key role in showcasing UK Manufacturing Excellence

New for 2019 the Southampton Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat will be welcoming visitors into the... Read more

The International Paint Poole Regatta - Shaping up to be even Bigger in 2020

The International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 is developing to be the biggest event yet, with the organ... Read more

MS Amlin Seamanship Award Entries Close on the 20th August

Your chance to enter the MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2019 closes at midnight on Tuesday 20th August. Read more

Damage to the Environment - Episode 5 of 80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dee Caffari look at how the environment at sea has been damaged over the... Read more

MS Amlin Go Round the Island 2019

MS Amlin Yacht, the boat insurance specialists have now been race partners of Round the Island Race ... Read more

View all