[CUCBC Captains] Swan and sewage leak

Safety Advisor safetyadvisor at cucbc.org
Tue Apr 13 11:54:06 BST 2010

There have been a number of recent attacks from the swan know as Mr Asbo or
Stalin at the bottom of the Reach and into Plough Reach. There are moves
afoot to have him relocated, however in the mean time please ensure that all
crews take care that they don't antagonise him, even if it means stopping in
good time and manoeuvring round him. All coaches should keep a wary eye open
for him and get their crew to react accordingly.

It was noted at the recent Moorings Meeting that there have been a number of
occasions when the sewage system at the Travellers' camp has overflowed into
the small drainage ditches, which eventually connect to the Cam in and
around Plough Reach. Although the risks are considered low we are coming up
to the time when the flow in the Cam starts to slow and so the water
changeover is reduced. I will ask you all to stress to your crews that they
clean and cover any open cuts and thoroughly wash their hands after every
outing. They must also ensure that water bottles and food are protected if
they are in the bottom of the boat, in a plastic bag for example, to prevent
the river water contamination.

Adam Lister

CUCBC Safety Adviser
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