Thursday, 13 February 2014

Broads Control update - Emergency rescue in bad weather

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

Yesterday’s short, sharp period of extremely wet and windy weather resulted in an emergency call for ranger assistance after a vessel broke down and was blown onto the flints near St Benet’s Abbey. Another vessel went to help but was unable to do anything. The local rangers recovered the stricken vessel but the winds were so strong that both private craft were left at St Benet’s moorings and their crews were taken to our boatshed and given a lift home.

A small tree came down at Whitlingham at the weekend which was quickly dealt with. Other tree work has also been undertaken there during the week. 

We have been dealing with some debris from December's storms that was spotted on Oulton Broad and rangers have also been retrieving lifebuoys that are repeatedly being thrown into the water from the North Quay and the High Quay in Great Yarmouth.

Night training continued on Breydon Water on Monday evening. We escorted one large rig this week and the local ranger on the Bure has been working on Cockshoot Broad moorings with four of his volunteers.


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