I understand that Ricky Waterways Trust had been requesting the sunken boat to be removed for some months -see A Bit on the Side. Apparently e-mails back and forth had yielded no success: shortage of resources prevented its removal. This was still the case three days before the Ricky Canal Festival. In view of their lack of success with the local C&RT management, RWT decided to take it up with the CEO of C&RT, Richard Parry, when he arrived to open the festival.
Next day the boat was removed. Resources from heaven?
And yes, the picture of the speedboat was taken on Ricky Aquadrome, next door to the canal.