Friday, 20 September 2013

Collisions and calamities - latest Broads control update

Last week staff were on hand to help a woman who had fallen in when mooring at the entrance to Womack Water, although she was none the worse for her soaking.

And when a day boat crew left Reedham Quay without starting the engine a quay attendant was on hand with a throwing line and managed to sort them out.

While leaving Herringfleet mooring a hire vessel caused damage to a private boat when it accidentally struck it.

And on Barton Broad a 4mph sign suffered a heavy strike from an unknown vessel and a temporary repair was carried out.

Meanwhile Yare team rangers have been working with volunteers clearing bank side trees in Thorpe and Waveney Team rangers have also been undertaking tree work.

The installation of lay-by dolphins on Breydon Water has continued along with the dredging on the Lower Bure.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Wet and windy weather

The weather has changed this week and there have been some big tides which have meant some unpleasant conditions on Breydon Water. It has also slowed the work of installing new dolphins upstream of Breydon Bridge.

Three rangers gave evidence at court this week in a Broads Authority prosecution. The magistrates found the defendant not guilty and we have learnt some lessons from the case.

Some real muscle power was needed by the operation technicians to remove an obstruction to navigation at Potter Heigham. It turned out to be a full size electric cooker that had been dumped by someone.

The Quay attendant at Norwich Yacht Station and a member of the public rescued a woman from the river in Norwich yesterday. (Thursday 12th Sept)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

River drama and cases filed

There was drama on the Bure when it was was shut for two hours at Great Yarmouth  after a fire involving gas cylinders broke out.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service requested a 200 metre exclusion zone to deal with the blaze but as the closure was around high water there was minimum disruption.

Broads Authority quay assistants from Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, the Spirit of Breydon crew and ranger volunteers all helped to manage the situation last Thursday.

Elsewhere the waterways had quietened down enabling rangers to complete some of the case files relating to incidents over the past few weeks.

Five files were submitted to solicitors this week regarding offences, relating mainly to speeding and navigating without care and caution.

Yesterday a ranger and a Broads Beat officer jointly carried out an interview at Wymondham Custody Centre which has resulted in the suspect being charged with public order and Broads Authority offences.

Rangers also spent time taking statements about various other incidents.

Among last week's incidents a ranger and a volunteer rescued an entangled swan at Salhouse, cutting away fishing line from around its neck to free it.

Other incidents involved a large tree trunk in the river at Reedham, a vessel with a fouled prop at Reedham and a report of a diesel spill at Wayford Bridge.