|Spirit of Breydon with rangers John Ragan and Jon Hopes|
Photo: Eastern Daily Press/Simon Finlay
Hot weather continues to bring out dangerous behaviour as last week several groups of day boat hirers were involved in both navigation byelaw offences and public order incidents.
In two of these incidents rangers were threatened with violence and police officers had to attend. Broads Beat officers are still investigating after some of the suspects decamped while on their way back to the hire yards.
A child's spilt drink resulted in a hire boat striking a moored private barge at Great Yarmouth causing considerable damage to the hire vessel and minor injuries to a passenger.
The hirer said he was distracted by the spilt drink and the collision resulted in his wife suffering minor injuries. But the hire yard quickly provided a replacement boat so the family could carry on with their holiday.
A number of speeding incidents have been recorded throughout the Broads network with rangers busy doing radar checks and in some cases taking statements from witnesses and interviewing suspects.
Environment Agency officers and Broads Beat are continuing to support the Authority on late patrols.
The Broads Authority pollution trailer was deployed to a large oil and diesel spill on the upper Ant. BA staff worked with the Environment Agency to boom the site and deal with the spill. The search for the offending vessel is continuing.
And lastly rangers made the news after a dramatic rescue of a seven-year-old boy and his father at Great Yarmouth on Wednesday.
The boy fell in the water near Vauxhall Road bridge while crabbing and his father went in to rescue him but both got into trouble in the strong tide.
Spirit of Breydon patrol boat was scrambled and helped rescue father and son from the water helped by people aboard a passing hire boat. The drama, which was reported in the Eastern Daily Press (link) came just two days after an EDP journalist went out with Spirit and reported how vital she is for the Authority to ensure the safety of boaters on and around Breydon (link).