Officials say sunken boat at Iffley will be moved

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ENVIRONMENT bosses say they will take legal action if needed after a boat sunk and spilled oil into the River Thames.

The boat was illegally moored next to Salters dry dock, Iffley, after being brought down from Osney Lock late on Tuesday night, the Environment Agency said.

Agency waterways manager Andrew Graham said: “We will work with the towpath landowner to get the owner to refloat or remove the boat.

“Failing this, we will follow due legal process to remove the boat and recharge the costs to the owners.”

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10:03am Fri 11 Jul 14

jonody says...

This boat has no connection whatsoever with Salters Steamers Ltd or Green Boat Services. The boat is a private boat moored on a public mooring. The boat was in Iffley on Monday night and reported as sinking at 0916 on Tuesday morning. The boat was not illegally moored. Green Boat Services offered to prevent the boat from sinking by pumping it out on Tuesday and Wednesday but we're warned not to by the Environment Agency. This pollution incident was entirely preventable. The Environment Agency did not react until 0917 on Thursday morning by which time the boat had fully sunk. The Environment Agency are aware of the boat and the owner but made no attempt to contact them. On Wednesday night at 9pm we reported a 200m oil slick escaping from the boat, no action was taken. All of this information was given to the Oxford Mail on Wednesday night but I correct I formation has been printed. The Environment Agency patrol boat photographed was only present at the location while the Oxford Mail photographer was in attendance and left soon afterwards. This whole incident has been a disgrace.
This boat has no connection whatsoever with Salters Steamers Ltd or Green Boat Services. The boat is a private boat moored on a public mooring. The boat was in Iffley on Monday night and reported as sinking at 0916 on Tuesday morning. The boat was not illegally moored. Green Boat Services offered to prevent the boat from sinking by pumping it out on Tuesday and Wednesday but we're warned not to by the Environment Agency. This pollution incident was entirely preventable. The Environment Agency did not react until 0917 on Thursday morning by which time the boat had fully sunk. The Environment Agency are aware of the boat and the owner but made no attempt to contact them. On Wednesday night at 9pm we reported a 200m oil slick escaping from the boat, no action was taken. All of this information was given to the Oxford Mail on Wednesday night but I correct I formation has been printed. The Environment Agency patrol boat photographed was only present at the location while the Oxford Mail photographer was in attendance and left soon afterwards. This whole incident has been a disgrace. jonody
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