The Canal and River Trust says Fobney Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal has now reopened. It has been closed since 9 August after a narrowboat sank.

Fobney Lock 105 on the Kennet and Avon Canal was forced to close on 9 August after a narrowboat sank.

A mechanical fault is reported to have caused the boat to sink.

No one was injured in the incident.

The week-long delay in recovering the vessel caused difficulties for other canal users.

The canal is looked after by the Canal and River Trust.

It apologised to users of the waterway for the problems with Fobney Lock 105, which is south west of Reading.

“Recovering the boat has proved more complicated than expected, and we’re currently looking into the best method of doing it,” said the trust on its website on 11 August.

“The planned recovery has therefore been delayed to Monday 15 August. We hope to re-open Tuesday 16 August. Please do accept our apologies for the inconvenience, we’ll update this notice when we have further information.”

The delay in reopening the navigation resulted in boats used by the Narrow Boat Trust becoming stuck below Fobney Lock 105.

It shared photographs of the sunken boat on its Facebook page.

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The Canal and River Trust has now confirmed that the narrowboat has been removed and that Fobney Lock has now reopened.