Monday, 25 November 2013

Rangers deal with further thefts - control update

Ranger teams have helped police find another stolen boat following a large-scale emergency response to the theft at Thorpe.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The boat which was found last week near Wroxham was reported adrift again and rangers were called to help recovery. It is now believed to have either been stolen or the subject of a dispute.

Volunteers have assisted with the continuedscrub clearance and tree work throughout the system. This work will be ongoing through the winter season, clearing overgrowth away from the navigation and footpaths.

Rangers supported more Environment Agency fishing patrols and at least one angler had his equipment seized on suspicion of not being legally licensed.

A Ranger found a dangerous tree overhanging a boardwalk at Irstead. He taped it off and over the following couple of days a team took to their chainsaws to dispose of it.

Teams have also been carrying out a number of escorts as dredging and piling equipment is being moved around to new locations, and stocks of piles are located ready.

The Energy Power Network engineer spent a day with the Breydon launch surveying cable crossings and their signs.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Control update - Off duty rangers help find stolen boat

Two off duty rangers helped recover a stolen boat following a call from a worried yard owner.

The  pair volunteered to search for the drifting private vessel upstream of Wroxham on Wednesday with two boatyard staff.

They located it and it was then found to be stolen.

The Police and Humber Coastguard  were also informed and, as there were no missing person reports, it was agreed that they would monitor the situation while rangers checked the river the following day.

Rangers are now helping police investigate the theft and other offences.

A vessel sank near Thorpe last Monday and two operations supervisors attended in a workboat using oil spill booms to deal with the small pollution incident.

Rangers also dealt with a drifting boat at West Somerton and assisted a broken down vessel at Wroxham.

In more routine work joint patrols with Environment Agency officers continued in the Thurne area while one ranger attended a meeting of the Upper Thurne Working Group.

Rangers patrolled the system during the weekend by boat and land and have been involved in tree work with volunteers on the Yare, Waveney and Upper Bure.

Training of volunteer rangers continues by the various teams.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Special meeting of the Navigation Committee

A special meeting of the Navigation Committee will take place at Yare House on Friday 22 November.

The agenda for the meeting, which starts at 9am, will be published next Friday 15 November on the Broads Authority website in the Navigation Committee agendas section here.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Summer season comes to end - control update

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

The end of the summer season has arrived and we have said goodbye for another year to our seasonal staff.

There are have been a couple of meetings to review the year and at generally it was agreed that attendance at yacht stations and moorings have been down.

The rangers had a combined visit and briefing with the Lowestoft Coastguard unit staff and Suffolk Fire and Rescue station personnel.

Staff saw the equipment and capabilities of the emergency services and discussed joint working at incidents.

In the afternoon each of the five ranger teams had to give an end of season presentation and report which provided the highlights of a busy year. The teams are keen to show those reports to clubs ,societies and the public in their areas. Should anyone wish to see them please contact Broads Control on 01603 756056.

Norfolk police launched their new vessel this week and are keen to patrol problem areas on the Broads. The rangers work closely with Broads Beat in particular and the new boat will be an additional asset for the Broads.

There was one incident of a person on vessel suspected to have been suffering from a heart attack. The person later  discharged themselves from hospital before the police had a chance to speak to them.

Training for the staff continues and on Thursday there was an internal course on fire beating and general fire management.

The week has been busy with escorting large rigs mainly on the River Yare.

Rangers have also been undertaking some tree clearance, repositioning buoys and taking the first launches in for their annual winter refitting. Other work has included adjacent water enforcement and dealing with overstayers on 24 hour moorings.