A boater has accidentally drained a stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal – The Kennet and Avon Canal is an 87-mile (140km) waterway linking the River Thames at Reading to the River Avon in Bath – after leaving all the lock gates open.
The BBC writes:
A section of the waterway was left with hardly any water on Tuesday near the Barge Inn in Seend, Wiltshire.
A spokesperson for the Canal and River Trust confirmed what happened was not malicious but that the boater was ‘rushing and left the paddles up’.
The lock paddles ‘work like a plug on a bath in allowing water in and out of the locks,’ he explained.
He added that the trust had since restored the water levels.