Warning signs to be erected after canoe accident
Posted by Jason Nicholls
A government official has said that warning signs put up next to a dangerous weir “could only be helpful” after an accident involving a canoeist there on June 1st 2013.
Michael Moore's canoe capsized in the turbulent water and he became trapped underneath for a significant period of time.
Andrew Feak, a lock-keeper at Shiplake lock in Henley where the incident occurred, said that the weir was especially dangerous because of the strong flow of water.
Mr Feak said: “You can see the flow from several hundred yards away and the water is very noisy.”
There are two five-foot ‘danger’ signs on top of the weir already, but they were not enough to keep Mr Moore away.
Colin Hounslow, team leader for the site, agreed that more appropriate health and safety signage would be an essential addition to Shiplake lock.
Mr Hounslow said: “On this site we will be putting up a standard sign saying something like ‘turbulent water’.”
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