Don't navigate and make sure the boat is über-safe

Message from Environment Agency this morning:

We are still experiencing very, very strong streams on the Thames. The river is out of banks in some places and levels are continuing to increase from Abingdon downstream.

PLEASE DO NOT NAVIGATE – MOOR IN A SAFE PLACE, PREFERABLY IN A MARINA OR A RECOGNISED MOORING. LIMITED SPACE IS AVAILABLE AT SOME LOCKS, FREE OF CHARGE.

? Ensure your mooring lines are fastened to secure fixings such as trees or mooring bollards. Put out extra lines for additional security and allow enough slack for a further rise in river levels. Do not rely upon your own mooring pins – they will not hold fast.

? Put out your anchor and preferably two – one each at bow and stern.

? If you can, put fendering (e.g. scaffold poles) between your boat and the river bank to prevent the boat drifting onto the bank side and becoming caught up.

? Make sure you have a safe exit from the boat. If there is not, please think about returning home or finding alternative accommodation until the stream moderates.

THE RIVER IS DANGEROUS AND UNPREDICTABLE WHEN IN FLOOD
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS – PUT YOUR SAFETY FIRST

For further information: –

? For recorded Thames specific river conditions updates please telephone our FLOODLINE on 0845 988 1188 and press 1 when prompted, followed by 011131

? Listen for information broadcasts on local radio

? For any urgent enquiry, please telephone the Environment Agency’s 24 hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60

? IN AN EMERGENCY INVOLVING IMMINENT RISK TO SAFETY CALL 999

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE STRONG STREAM CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO REMAIN FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS

If you would like to receive similar information from us by email in future, please email visitthames@environment-agency.gov.uk including ‘navigation info’ in the subject field.

E. McKEEVER
Harbourmaster