Monday, 23 December 2013

Broads Control update - Christmas cover

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

Rangers, standby staff and a duty manager provide cover over the Christmas period. The area is still patrolled by vehicle and by launch, and moorings are checked for general safety and for over-stayers.

There were some strong winds and trees were down at Filby boardwalk, Whitlingham, Carrow Bridge and Lime Kiln Dyke. There was also a call to a seal pup at Berney Arms moorings. It was checked, advice obtained and the pup was gone the next day.

There were a couple of thefts of outboards from the mid-Waveney area.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Control update - Pontoon escorted to Cantley

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

Two ranger vessels escorted a large pontoon being towed to Cantley on Tuesday 17th December. It had come over from Rotterdam towed by a large seagoing tug and was then transferred to a couple of smaller tugs for transit to Cantley.

The rig made good progress and was quickly unloaded. The tow returned to Breydon Water the following day and completed the passage through the Breydon and Haven Bridge on Thursday. The tug skippers were very skilful and did a good job transiting Reedham Bridge. Unfortunately two steel posts on the River Yare and one post on Breydon Water were damaged during the tow. These have been marked and the shipping agents have been informed that we will be claiming for the repairs.

Rangers and a volunteer spent a day clearing large debris from storm surge from the banks of Breydon Water. There were several timber pieces the size of railway sleepers that would have been a hazard to navigation had they refloated.

This week one of the rangers who is a qualified instructor held a class to teach the rest of the team break away self-defence techniques which is a new skill that we hope never to have to use.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Control update - a quiet week

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

For anyone looking for an unusual Christmas present two of the traditional ranger patrol launches will shortly be coming up for sale, just in time for the festive season. Watch this space!

Last week rangers were mainly been focusing on investigating alleged toll offences while also providing escort for flood alleviation work in preparation for winter.

A depth and vegetation survey was also undertaken on the middle Bure area and tree work continues on the Waveney and Bure..

A navigation post snapped off near the waterline on Barton Broad and was marked by the rangers. Divers will be used to cut off this and another post at bed level.