River Canal Rescue
How boat salvage and waterway clearing supports flood risk management
About Stephanie Horton
Since 2001, Stephanie Horton has built River Canal Rescue (RCR) into the UK’s largest national breakdown, rescue and recovery services provider for boaters using the inland waterway system. The firm operates on a 24/7 basis, covering a network of some 3,600 miles and responding to around 150 call-outs per week.
After a degree in Electro Mechanical Power Engineering from Loughborough University (where she received the Sir William Siemens medal for undergraduate excellence in engineering), Stephanie worked in the power sector, first as an applications engineer and then in power quality management/global consultancy roles. A love of boats and lack of marine-based diagnostic engineers prompted the launch of RCR .
Under her leadership, RCR has won numerous awards – more recently - Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2017, NW National Apprenticeship Medium Employer of the Year 2016, Stoke Sentinel Small Business of the Year 2017 and Express & Star Customer Service Champion 2015.
An overview of River Canal Rescue’s work with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to remove 22 sunken boats from the River Hull, supporting its strategy to manage flood risk in the local area. The seminar discusses RCR’s salvage operation and reviews how this 24/7 breakdown, emergency assistance and recovery firm worked with local businesses to clear the River Hull, reducing the flood risk and so benefiting the local community.