Defence Academy staff and students help stranded sailor.
Army Officers on exercise in Berkshire came to the aid of a stranded sailor yesterday when his canal boat became stuck in the Kennet and Avon Canal as water levels dropped.
The officers, students on the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) at the Defence Academy’s Joint Services Command and Staff College, were on Exercise HORNED OWL at Marsh Benham, Newbury, when they were approached by the canal boat owner.
The lock gate sluice had been left slightly open causing the water level to drop, and his canal boat to become lodged on the bank.
Syndicate B9, who are all Army Majors in the Infantry, Artillery, Bomb Disposal, Medics, Logistics, Signals, Intelligence and Royal Engineer regiments/corps, as well as a Royal Marine, were happy to break away from their study to assist.
"The owner was obviously in a bit of a spot,” said Major Tim Jackson, RIFLES, Directing Staff (instructor) for the syndicate.
“Canal boats are pretty heavy and, dare I say it, without our help he might have been there for some time. The Army is always glad to help where we can."