Friday, 18 October 2013

Latest Broads control update

(Apologies for the lack of update over the past few weeks - we will be posting more regular updates in the future)

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

The winds and tides which had caused havoc across much of the county last Thursday turned out to be not too much of a problem for Broads rangers despite the fact that the bow spray had been landing on the cabin roof of one hire boat which had left early to cross Breydon.

High tides were predicted but the only problem caused by the weather were two trees which had come down on the River Waveney in the high winds.

On Saturday a vessel was reported drifting at Acle and it was at first thought that the owner was on board and the worst was feared but the owner was found safe and well and the vessel was resecured.

At the same time police nearby were investigating a theft from a digger, which may be part of a possible minor spate of crime near the river at Acle. A Hardy 17 vessel which was found sunk at Stokesby after being stolen from Acle was recovered on Friday.

A vessel ran aground at turn tide witnessed by the Breydon launch crew who quickly assisted in refloating the hire boat.

We have been dealing with some persistent over stayers at two 24 hr. mooring on the Yare. Eight prosecution case papers have been handed in by the rangers following the busy summer months.

I joined the EA fisheries team on Wednesday afternoon as they raised the fish barrier at Potter Heigham which allows fish to find sanctuary from saltwater surges.

Work has been started on the replacement Horsey viewpoint and the rangers have been engaged in tree work in Thorpe.

The Breydon Team Rangers hosted the Breydon Users Group meeting at the Gt.Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre.

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