FIREFIGHTERS from Chester rescued a woman who was injured when she fell into the city’s canal from her trapped narrowboat.
The dramatic operation took place on Friday afternoon when the narrowboat became trapped in lock gates near Raymond Street at about noon. The back end of the craft was marooned on a ledge inside the lock.
As the water began to recede the front end of the narrowboat went down, causing the vessel to become unbalanced and it turned on its side.
Crew manager Dave Doneo of Cheshire Fire Service said a family was on the narrowboat and a woman fell into the canal.
“She banged her head slightly and had a small cut to her leg. The woman was dazed but managed to climb on to a ledge, which was about 20ft down from the towpath,” said Mr Doneo.
“The narrowboat righted itself and we were called. Two appliances from Chester attended the scene.”
Mr Doneo said the woman was rescued in an operation which included swift water firefighters and a rescue line. The narrowboat was repositioned.
“The lady received first aid from paramedics and firefighters. Fortunately she was not seriously injured,” said Mr Doneo.
“It could have been very dangerous and it was lucky nobody was badly hurt. The family involved were shaken by what had happened.”
Water damage was reported to the narrowboat and number of possessions fell into the canal. Attempts were made to retrieve them.
Mr Doneo said watch manager Chris Durkin was in charge of the successful rescue mission. He added the fire service was helped by staff from Taylor’s Boat Yard and also Waterways representatives.
The narrowboat was later taken to the dry dock at Taylor’s Boat Yard in the Chester Basin.
A company spokesman later said repairs were carried out to the narrowboat’s skeg and rudder.