Accident waiting to happen

Published: 08:51AM Apr 8th, 2011
By: Janet Richardson

BOATER Jane Pollard's email correspondence with British Waterways is continuing in response to the following letter which she sent following discussions with the Devizes office:


I was very concerned when, on Saturday, having remoored a boat found in the middle of the channel and then telephoning the emergency BW number, I was told that they were unable to contact the boat owner to ask him/her to attend the boat to check for damage. They did not have access to the personal information at the weekend.

When licensing a boat, not only do we pay to support the waterways we expect an element of responsibility from the licensing authority in relation to the safety of vessels and that includes the facility to contact owners whatever the day.


This practice is the proverbial ‘accident waiting to happen’ and I would like to know what British Waterways intends to do in future.


I look forward to a prompt reply


Jane Pollard

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