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Family's boat ride terror

Wednesday, 03 July 2013

The picnic launch boats mored at the Canal Basin in Brecon

The picnic launch boats mored at the Canal Basin in Brecon

Man detained under Mental Health Act

A MAN who jumped onto a hire boat as it travelled along the canal in Brecon has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

A family were left 'shaken' after a man leapt on board the picnic launch boat they had hired to enjoy a trip along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and is alleged to have demanded they carry him.

Dave Allen, of Dragonfly Cruises, who hired the boat to the family, confirmed a man had jumped onto the boat from the bank as it passed under the Brynich roundabout last Friday, June 28 at around 4.45pm.

"They were a family, with children who were either late teens or young adults, and they were a bit shaken by it. They came back here (to the basin) and we made them a nice cup of tea. They gave a statement to the police, as did I," said Mr Allen.

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