Friday, 30 May 2014

Ranger update: a busy half term

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

The Broads waterways were bustling over the half-term week but thankfully there were relatively few incidents.

Our two new seasonal rangers Polly and Gavin continued their training on Breydon Water dealing with scenarios that were clearly convincing to one member of the public who called police with concerns over the Breydon crew.

Australian Polly said during training that Great Yarmouth's Vauxhall Bridge looked like a mini Sydney Harbour Bridge. It must be the first time the two have been mentioned in the same breath!

Back to real incidents and only two boats had to be rescued after getting stuck on the mud on Breydon this week.

Norwich Yacht Station was flooded out during the heavy rain early in the week but the Quay Assistants really worked hard to clean up the flooding and get it back open to the public again.

On a less positive note two men were interviewed and given public order fixed penalty notices for threatening a ranger and several illegal moorers have been moved on from 24 hour moorings.

Adjacent waters toll surveys by rangers continue throughout the system.

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