The power of social media helped kind-hearted anglers rescue two stricken carp from a drained-down section of canal last night [Feb 16].
Andy Rawlins was on a short break in Manchester with his wife when he spotted two decent-sized carp in inches of water on a section of the Rochdale Canal.
The fish were in a rubbish-strewn section close to the Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop and clearly in danger.
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Andy contacted the Environment Agency, but also enlisted the help of Urban Carp Collective, a social-media group run by John Lam.
John was able to put the word out to local anglers in Manchester, and Instagram users @rodders_87_, @w3ado and @miss_naturegirl responded and netted the fish, which weighed around 18lb and 13lb.
Andy told Carpfeed: “My wife and I were on a short stay in Manchester when we came across a section of the Rochdale Canal that had been drained for nearby construction work, I presume.
“Whilst looking at all the rubbish that was scattered across the canal bottom I saw two double-figure commons swimming in a small area of remaining water.
“The situation didn’t look good, so as well as contacting the Environment Agency, I put out a request on social media for anyone in the Manchester area who could possibly help.”
As word spread to Andy’s followers, Urban Carp Collective got involved and came to the rescue. The fish were safe moved to a nearby section of the canal network.
John Lam of UCC said on Instagram: “I would just like to say a massive big ups to the two guys, who are Andy Rawlins and @rodders_87_.
“My man’s just done a massive [good] deed and took the meaning of Urban Carp Collective to a different level. This is what we’re building the community for: to be able to achieve good things, and tonight we achieved something good.”