Time is short this morning so I'm afraid it'll be a bullet point day - well it would be if I could find the little things in the blogging software.
Walking back from the pub the other night, we got chatting with some new boaters - they've got a lovely new Aintree
Everything then sort of happened quickly in slow motion if you follow. All of a sudden, their boat was wedged sideways (another wide-beam as it happens) acrross the canal between 2 other boats (also wide-beams)... The woman on the boat was shouting for help and we couldn't see the chap... (I'm not using names here on purpose) - tuns out he'd slipped off the gunwale whilst trying to breast up to another boat to await the passing of the one coming down the cut. Unfortunately, his good lady is not experienced at all (and may have had a couple of drinks ) and had no idea how to get the boat out of it's predicament.
BEING a super hero, I leapt (leaped?) into action - climbing over the roof of the boat this side... tip-towing over their blooming awkward cratch cover and took over control of their boat... WHILST this was going on, another boater on the opposite side was trying to help the chap out of the water - it's about 6 ft deep at the edges here so NOT an easy job... especially as the chap (in the water) already HAD a bad shoulder and in the process of falling in had dislocated his GOOD shoulder... which in the end HAD to be the one he was pulled out by. OUCH.
Anyway - I carried on up the canal with his girlfriend, dog and boat to their home-mooring and then did my best bit of parking SORRY, mooring ever in what is quite a tight space - especially given it was my first time at the helm of a fatty.
Shortly after, the soggy wet chap walked up clutching his shoulder and thanked me for rescuing his boat - I apologised for not pulling him out but said that I figured he(like me) would probably be more concerned about the boat than being in the water. I was right.
OF course we've not got any photos of this as when acting on auto-pilot one tends to forget all about social media... that's a good thing I think.
The next day, his girlfriend knocked on the hatch with a lovely bottle as a thank you.