Successful Flood Rescue by MVS Severn


MVS Severn has come to the rescue after a family from Cornwall and their dog were stranded for five days on their narrowboat during the current Tewkesbury flood alert.

The Avon Lock Keeper asked for help from the MVS as the family needed to abandon ship.
A request was then made to HOU MVS Severn, Nic Price, to see if the MVS could reach the boat and take them off to safety.

Nic said, “With the River Avon already 6 feet up and still rising we knew that we would have very little headroom under King John’s Bridge, but using our Rigiflex dinghy we just squeezed underneath and after making two trips we managed to get everybody ashore safely.

The family had set off from their mooring on the Severn at Diglis near Worcester last week and intended to come onto the Avon heading for Stratford for a holiday but were forced to take refuge at Tewkesbury when they were caught out with the rising water and strong currents after the recent rain.”

Picture: Ben Foster-Smith with Poppy the dog and her owner almost safely ashore.