Contact and sinking of narrow boat Drum Major with loss of 4 lives

Location: Descending in Steg Neck Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Gargrave, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Drum Major

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

Drum Major.pdf (1,402.03 kb)


On 19 August 1998 a narrow boat on holiday hire foundered with the loss of four lives. The accident happened while Drum Major descended Steg Neck Lock near Gargrave, North Yorkshire, England. The boat was positioned too far forward in the lock and foundered due to an uncontrolled ingress of water. Attempts to rescue four disabled people trapped inside were unsuccessful.

Published: 20 December 1999

Published 23 January 2015