13 November 2019

Raising Annette II - Day 1

by: John F.

With a growing crowd of CCT and SDC onlookers, the professionals of River & Canal Rescue started the job of raising Annette II.
Winches were attached to whatever hitching points could be found and the first task of righting the vessel gradually progressed. 

Once she was on an even keel, the aft cabin was pumped out and the extra buoyancy meant she was only resting on her bow. 
Unfortunately, the available lifting capacity was insufficient to raise the gunwhales above the water level to allow her to be pumped out and with daylight fading and the divers having been immersed in cold water most of the day, the decision was taken to lower the boat back to the bottom to await plan B in a day or two.