rcr asks boaters to trial WaterNav

River 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.  And in order to assist in its development, RCR is calling for all boaters to download and trial the app and give feedback.
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magnet fisher finds live grenade in Kennet & Avon Canal

A magnet fisher who caught a grenade in the Kennet and Avon Canal was given the kit he used as a Christmas present. Friends Tony Scott and Elliot Bromfield were using the equipment – which is similar to metal detecting but in water – when they pulled up the object. Elliot, who is ex-army, said he knew it was a World War Two hand grenade and they called the police immediately.
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east midland waterways to get £4m makeover

The Canal & River Trust is investing £4 million on a four-month programme of repairs on the  historic waterways of the East Midlands. They will be replacing lock gates, dredging sections of canal and carrying out a host of other tasks to keep the 200-year old network working.
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curious case of sticky fuel causing engine breakdowns

River 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.
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CRT’s top ten hits to be water safe this winter

Canal & River Trust is calling on people to enjoy being by water safely this winter and has published ten seasonal tips on how to take extra care on the towpaths. Wintery canal scenes have an enchanting, picture-perfect appeal. However, the reduced daylight and wet and even slippery conditions typical of this time of year can conceal hidden dangers.
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boat safety scheme urge boaters to follow safety advice

Following the deaths of two friends from carbon monoxide (CO)  poisoning in a boat called Diversion in York in December 2019, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a safety flyer with the lessons learnt from its initial findings and the Boat Safety Scheme is urging boaters to read it and adopt the safety advice immediately.
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