Launch of new emergency River Severn slipway in Tewkesbury
A new emergency slipway will help save lives at The Hangings, Tewksbury, from next week onwards, by improving water rescue response on that stretch of the River Severn.
It is due to be handed over to the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue on Friday, September 7.
The slipway will mean the rescue boat can directly access a stretch of the Severn close to Tewkesbury town and will improve response time by up to as much as 20 minutes.
The plans were first put forward in 2004 through the land owners, Avon Navigational Trust (ANT) after it was identified that this was the best location for an emergency slipway, as it provided a safe launch and retrieval for a water rescue boat.
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It has been under construction over the past five weeks by contractors Kilbury Construction and P Williams and Sons and final landscaping and security works will now take place before the slipway becomes fully operational at the end of September.
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said: “This is great news for the fire service and the people of Gloucestershire.
‘Having the slipway will mean we are able to directly access a stretch of river close to Tewkesbury town – something that we’ve never had before.
“I am delighted that we will soon be putting the slipway into practice.”
Report by student journalist Marya Norat