- On 23rd January 2019
- In Sediment Management, Water Management
- By William Coulet
Middle of January tends to be a quiet period for most businesses, perhaps a time to take stocks or reorganise the office after the Christmas and New Year break. Not so for us at Exo. We spent three days of intense surveying in the famous Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate near Rotherham, where their excellent fishing lakes are monitored for future maintenance desilting. We deployed our dinghy nicknamed ‘Cosy’ and braved the freezing temperatures to survey four lakes with a total area of around 50 acres. We were very happy to wear our yellow dry suits even though we must have looked very odd to the dog walkers around, who could easily mistake us for minions.
The job was especially interesting on the last day, when we arrived at the moored-up dinghy only to find the surface of the lake frozen! It took a little bit more from the engine, but Cosy was soon transformed from a survey dinghy to a Surveying Icebreaker. Despite the cold, our three pairs of socks and numerous bananas!, kept morale high.