Monday, 14 April 2014

Super safety marks the rangers' week

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

The rangers ran a very successful Super Safety Day at St Benet’s Abbey attended by Chief Executive John Packman.

The event gave us all a chance to chat to private owners and holiday makers regarding a variety of Broads related subjects.

While the vast majority of those we visited were abiding by all the byelaws, we did discover eight toll offences, stopped two speeding vessels and carried out three hazardous boat inspections were carried out.

A crew was also spoken to regarding fishing out of season and another crew were reminded of the byelaw regarding the playing of a very loud radio.

On a more unusual note a charity rower in an inflatable boat was escorted across Breydon Water by the Breydon Crew.

And in court a speeding helmsman on the River Bure was found guilty, receiving fines and costs totalling £340.

The week continued with a rowdy stag party at Horning and some boat thefts from the Northern Broads. Vessels were also let go at Potter Heigham and Horsey. A day boat was quickly recovered but two other vessels are still missing.

One hire vessel crew were helped twice in one day. They managed to run aground on the River Bure and then later on Barton Broad.

Rangers were also kept busy installing more signs and buoys on the island on Barton Broad.

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