It just popped up as a stoppage notice, Canal & River Trust needed to drain down a two mile pound to 'retrieve a sunken craft'
The notice read: “Navigation is currently closed between Somerton Deep Lock 34 and Heyford Common Lock 35 on the Oxford Canal until further notice.
“This is due to water levels in a 2 mile stretch pound being lowered to a level unsuitable for navigation. This is being carried out by our teams to retrieve a sunken craft.”
But the Floater's network of boaters knew there was more to it.
A question to the Trust's top PR man produced an admission: “It was a Trust work boat that sank on the Oxford.
“It was a dredging craft and one of its retractable legs didn’t retract.
"I understand that the boat was refloated and the navigation reopened.”