Narrow escape on frozen canal near Cosgrove

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FIRE crews were called to the River Tove near Cosgrove last week following reports for a narrow boat which was sinking.

Just before 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 22 crews from Towcester, Great Holme and Mereway in Northampton found a narrow boat which was sinking after ice pierced its hull.

Fire fighters use pumps to remove water from the boat until the owner was able to get his own pump working.

A spokesman for Cosgrove Marina said: “ In some places the ice is four to eight inches thick. No boats are moving at all, they’re not able to. But it is picturesque on the canal, ideal for a Boxing Day walk.”