In 2022, Commercial Boat Services were asked to recover a 20-ton drilling rig that had been lost in the River Aire, Leeds in the February floods.

The rig was under a bridge, submerged 3 metres underwater, and access was difficult.

CBS project managed the operation which included divers, an environmental spill team, and specialist winch recovery team. The machinery was recovered in one day with no pollution and no material damage to the drilling rig, and both the customer and their insurance company were pleased with the efficient recovery.

Sunken drilling rig, River Aire


River Aire, Leeds


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