News article created on 14 December 2018

Divers brave the cold of Gloucester Docks

A team of divers have taken on a chilly challenge this week to inspect the lock gates that connect the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal to the River Severn.

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The divers have been assessing what repairs might be needed to the lock gates, which weigh more than twelve tonnes each – the equivalent of three adult hippos.

The dive inspection is part of our work to repair and restore the region’s canals over the winter months. This includes replacing giant lock gates and repairing waterways walls, amongst a host of other jobs.

Robert Eaton, Canal & River Trust operations manager, said: “It can’t be the most enviable job, putting on a rubber suit and diving deep beneath the water, especially in cold weather like this. It is a great example of the type of work that needs to be done to keep our waterways in top condition.

The canal and river here in Gloucester are as busy and popular as ever. They support businesses, contribute to the local economy and offer a haven where people can escape to. As a charity we want even more people to discover and benefit from these waterways, and to do that they need to be shipshape.

Once we have all the information we need from the dive survey, we can plan the best method to make the improvements. A big thanks go to the dive team and we look forward to making any enhancements that might be needed.”