Friends had a shock yesterday when a technical fault meant their immaculate barge stuck in forward motion, having just come off the pumpout pontoon. Their barge (55 tons) propelled into the side of a narrowboat, unable to stop. There are various reasons that this might have happened – better experts than me are looking at the internal gubbins, but it looks like the design of their boat meant a small clip breaking had a disastrous knock on effect. It was an awful shock for everyone, but thank goodness no-one was seriously hurt.
I’m not naming the boat or the people – that would be mean -but suffice to say it was a dreadful shake up for them – and the people they ploughed into – and they were in no fit state to get back to their moorings. Concerned friends lent a hand to turn the boat with ropes to put them into a position where they could easily board and disembark, but it was a salutary reminder to everyone that things can go wrong.