Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Stranded boat towed to safety of Docks by fire crew

Fire crews towed a 20ft boat to the safety of Gloucester Docks after it began drifting dangerously downstream on the River Severn.

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Fire crews towed a 20ft boat to the safety of Gloucester Docks after it began drifting dangerously downstream on the River Severn.

Specialist water crews from Gloucester South, Tewkesbury and Severn Area Rescue Association were called to the incident at 9am yesterday (Thursday 10th October) when the boat's engine failed and a woman was left stranded on the vehicle.

The boat was taken away on the strong current, leading to a three-and-a-half-hour rescue operation. The crews worked hard to bring the vessel under control and towed it to a place of safety in the Docks.

Station Manager Brian Burns, of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The vessel was a potential danger to other boats on this particular stretch of river, with the added risk of pollution from the engine failure. Thankfully, the crews' expert training in water incidents meant they were able to bring the boat under control and tow the it safely to the Docks."

"It's an important job, which requires great energy and dedication. But it's also a highly rewarding role. Retained firefighters come from all sections of the community, so anyone who thinks they can do something extraordinary should step forward."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "This call-out demonstrates that no incident is ever the same for our fire and rescue crews and that specialist training is essential."

"It also clearly shows the value of partnership working between Gloucester Fire and Rescue Service and Severn Area Rescue Association volunteers."

ENDS

Issued by Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council's Media Team 01452 425391

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11th October 2013