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Pimm’s-filled punt gets a bit squiffy on River Cam



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A punt carrying Pimm’s had a bit of a mishap on the Cam last Saturday evening (May 7).

A punt carrying Pimm's overturned on the Cam on May 7, 2022. Picture: Devin McLachlan
A punt carrying Pimm's overturned on the Cam on May 7, 2022. Picture: Devin McLachlan

Derrell Dixson, owner of the Floating Cambar Ltd, said: “As we were going through the lock, the edge of the boat got caught on the gate of the lock as the water level was going down, so that’s how it ended up at that skew-whiff angle – and then it got jammed in there.

“So in order to release it, we had to raise the water level in the lock again, which was a really scary moment for me because I essentially had to watch the boat submerge under about three feet of water, and then once the water was in again and the pressure had equalised, I was then able to open the gate and then the boat thankfully popped back up to the surface.”

He adds that no equipment or Pimm’s was lost – “and also at that point in the day we’d pretty much sold out everything we had on the boat anyway.”

A punt carrying Pimm's overturned on the Cam on May 7, 2022. Picture: Devin McLachlan
A punt carrying Pimm's overturned on the Cam on May 7, 2022. Picture: Devin McLachlan
The Pimm’s Punt. Picture: Derrell Dixson
The Pimm’s Punt. Picture: Derrell Dixson

Derrell, who has been running the company - which is known locally as ‘the Pimm’s Punt’ - for around 10 years, is particularly grateful to the “friendly locals” and the head of the Cam Conservators who came to help.

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