All was going well, we were enjoying the comparative peace and quiet above Radford Bottom Lock with lots of bikes and dog walkers about as it was the weekend. In the evening peace was certainly shattered by the Leamington Peace Festival with loud music until 1.30 in the morning and then the boat starting tilting dramatically as the water levels had gone down.
That's when it all went pear shaped as Eric went out to loosen the ropes so we could float rather than tilt alarmingly. He fell backwards off the bow of the boat, one leg into the canal and his side made contact with the steel piling at the edge of the canal. I knew he'd hurt himself but I didn't realise how badly til the morning when he could hardly move without being in agony.
So we decided to get to Leamington Spa by boat and some hireboaters from Viking Afloat did the lock for me, and then it was just five bridges to the moorings in Leamington Spa. At the time it seemed a very long way. We then got a taxi to the nearest hospital with A & E facilities, which was Warwick. Within half an hour Eric was with the doctors and they did loads of tests, Xrays and scans which took several hours......he has three fractured ribs and some fluid on his lungs. But by half past four he was tucked up safely in bed with painkillers on tap. All I can say is .........excellent service from Warwick Hospital........where would we be without the NHS?