theft prevention - June 5, 2023As Neighbourhood Watch Week is from 3 – 9 June, River Canal Rescue (RCR) has put together some boat safety tips to help prevent theft:
managing lock cills - May 16, 2023In "managing lock cills", RCR's chief rescue co-ordinator, Pete Barnett, explains what to do if your boat’s caught on a cill, or your bow caught under a lock gate...
easter checklist - March 28, 2023As Easter approaches, River Canal Rescue reminds boaters to undertake preparatory checks before setting off on what could be their first journey of the year.
rcr callout figures 2022 - February 6, 2023River Canal Rescue reports it responded to 130 major incidents in 2022; emergency situations either involving submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work.
update on sticky fuel situation - February 2, 2023Last summer, River Canal Rescue highlighted the problem of sticky fuel which was causing a peak in fuel-related component breakdowns not linked to diesel bug.
rcr and rising callout figures - October 19, 2022RCR says its rising callout figures for electrical, fuel & engine issues, flat batteries, over-heating and gear box failures, are set to reach an all time high by the end of the year.
waternav - July 7, 2022WaterNav is the UK’s only free mapping and route planning tool that works offline – giving peace of mind to boaters who have had to be reliant on good internet.
aqueduct marina builds green credentials with bilgeaway - May 12, 2022Aqueduct Marina, on the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich, is encouraging customers to install River Canal Rescue’s Bilgeaway filter on their narrowboats.
rcr to launch river coastal rescue in perth - April 5, 2022After more than 20 years providing inland waterway users with marine breakdown and recovery services in the UK, River Canal Rescue is going global and launching a similar business – River Coastal Rescue in Perth, Australia.
river canal rescue callout figures for 2021 - April 5, 2022River Canal Rescue reports that in 2021 it responded to 171 major incidents involving submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work. These figures slightly down on last year.
rcr warns of perils of cheap boat insurance - January 6, 2022River Canal Rescue is warning boat owners about the perils of buying cheap third-party insurance after finding some insurers will not pay out if a boat sinks.
coping with extreme weather - December 1, 2021With the UK’s weather patterns becoming increasingly unpredictable, River Canal Rescue is advising owners how to manage their boats during extreme weather scenarios.
boating community supports vets afloat - December 1, 2021Inland waterway businesses and boat owners are coming together to help the newly-established Forces Vets Afloat Project restore a boat so it can be used and enjoyed by British forces veterans.
buying a narrowboat - September 2, 2021Buying a narrowboat? This buyer's guide from RCR looks at the different types of narrowboats - traditional, cruiser and semi-traditional, and at the pros and cons of buying too big or too small.
water pollution award for rcr - July 3, 2021River Canal Rescue has won the British Safety Industry Federation’s Water Pollution Award for its Bilgeaway filter. In its entry, one of over 80, River Canal Rescue (RCR) explained how Bilgeaway – the world’s first environmentally-friendly bilge discharge filter – was developed to address a well-known pollution problem.
before you make that journey - May 31, 2021River Canal Rescue managing director, Stephanie Horton, says the inland waterways this summer will predictably, be busy with owners keen to blow the lockdown cobwebs from themselves and their boats. This, coupled with a focus on ‘staycations’ this year, means business is booming for hire companies and marinas/brokerages who report increased interest from hirers and first-time buyers keen to spend some cash.
lockdown RCR flood and maintenance tips - March 1, 2021RCR managing director, Stephanie Horton, reports that after heavy rainfall and rising water levels early this year, boats were left submerged and others separated from their moorings and pushed onto towpaths or wedged against pontoons and other craft.
boaters asked to trial WaterNav - January 8, 2021River Canal Rescue has redesigned and re-launched its WaterNav app, making it freely available to all. The rescue service believes everyone should have access to the app - which allows navigation without wifi or data connection - as it improves safety and shares key information.
a curious case of sticky fuel - December 9, 2020River Canal Rescue reports there’s been an uncharacteristic peak in fuel-related component breakdowns not linked to diesel bug. It cites two identical jobs where fuel injectors were diagnosed as needing an overhaul, yet their replacements stopped working within a week, and injection pumps were found to have failed even though the diesel was clear and bright.
winterise your boat - December 1, 2020With winters getting colder and sub-zero temperatures becoming more common, River Canal Rescue has put together some tips on how to winterise your narrowboat and so avoid costly repair bills.
river avon stranded boats update - September 18, 2020Following the failure of the Twerton sluice gates on the river Avon on Tuesday evening (15 Sept), River Canal Rescue has performed a logistical miracle, pulling teams and equipment together, at short notice, to recover 47 boats.
post lockdown maintenance tips - June 17, 2020River Canal Rescue offer us some advice on boat maintenance following the exceptionally long period that your boat may have been idle during the lockdown.
river canal rescue launches midi bilgeaway filter - April 27, 2020River Canal Rescue (RCR) has extended its range of Bilgeaway filters with the addition of a new smaller midi filter, suitable for boat owners who have little or no bilge pollution, but want peace of mind they will not pollute the waterways if anything does happen.
rescue of river soar narrowboat - March 23, 2020River Canal Rescue will be raising the capsized narrowboat at Barrow, on the River Soar, on Wednesday 25 March. Torrential rain and surging water caused the boat to break its moorings, sending it down river to bridge 30 where it became wedged. Story update with photos by Mike Brown.
aftermath of the storms - March 11, 2020Since the beginning of the year, storms Brendan, Ciara, Dennis and Jorge have battered the UK, causing problems for boat owners across the inland waterway network.
de-winterising tips - March 3, 2020As we shake off the cold weather and begin to embrace warmer climes, the changes in temperature signal the start of the boating season and with it a need to de-winterise your boat.
new year resolutions - January 1, 2020Over a 12 month period, RCR logged 292 call-outs, around 24 a month, as ‘environmental near-misses’ or pollution incidents. These were typically fuel, oil, coolant and antifreeze leaks into bilges caused by cracked filter pipes, spills into the engine bay, battery acid spillage and contaminated bilges.
coping with rising and falling water levels - December 3, 2019River Canal Rescue (RCR) reminds boaters how to cope with suddenly rising and falling water levels. At the end of October, RCR was called to assist six stranded or precariously positioned boats at risk of capsize across the country; one of which was passed onto the emergency services to recover, due to the boat being inaccessible and the owner at risk if he remained on board.