Thursday, 31 October 2013

Storm news and latest Broads control update

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

Following a quiet weekend staff were kept busy at the beginning of the week when the strong winds hit the Broads.

On Monday at Oulton Broad a house boat sank and another vessel dragged its mooring, Authority staff assisted with the marking and recovery.

One hire vessel was hit by a tree at a public mooring at Loddon on Monday and two Rangers, having just cleared a few small trees at Whitlingham, dealt with the problem.

Big waves at Breydon Water meant it was closed to hire traffic later in the day. But, despite hirers being advised not to cross Breydon earlier in the day by their yards and Authority quay assistants, it didn’t stop them trying.

They were kept out of trouble however by rangers and staff at Breydon Bridge keeping watch.
At Berney Arms a man fell in and was rescued by his family one of whom injured her finger. The man was airlifted to hospital but was released later in the day.

Elsewhere in the broads a few small trees came down but there were no significant incidents.
The following day on Tuesday the rangers dealt with some small trees at Coltishall and generally checked the system. 

Late on Tuesday afternoon when it was already dark a distraught visitor raised the alarm that her husband,  who was not an experienced canoeist, was overdue from a trip on the Waveney.

Broads Control contacted the coastguard and three off duty went to assist in the search but just as it had started the canoeist arrived back. He had been wearing a buoyancy aid but was dressed in dark clothing and had painted his canoe black so would have been very difficult to spot in the dark had he capsized. He also wasn’t carrying a means of communication.

The search was called off and he received words of advice from one of the rangers as well as his wife.
The previous Friday the local ranger together with volunteers continued tree clearance work on the Thorpe New Cut and we have now returned to more routine work including moving on over stayers at moorings, escorts of large work rigs on the Southern Broads and sorting out several allegations of failing to stop damage only incidents.

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