YET another foolish boater has taken to a river in flood conditions and finished up precariously on a weir, with again with members of the emergency services risking their lives to rescue him
This time it was a narrowboat stuck on Bell Weir on the Thames at Egham in the fast flowing water, the boater having taken his boat out though the red boards were showing that the river was in flood.
Firefighters were called out as the man and his boat were in a precarious position pinned against two wooden uprights, with the boat in danger of going through at any time, though he had managed to tie to one of them.
The firefighters had to brave the flow with their boat to rescue the man, with a spokesman relating that with the position of the boat it was in danger of going over at any time, and he most likely would not have come out of alive. They took their boat alongside to get the man, that was quite alarming owing to the flood conditions.
Left on weir
The narrowboat was left on the weir, as being in flood all the gates are open, and is expected to be moved by the Environment Agency
Firefighters from Staines and Sunbury attended, together with a rescue boat from Walton.