Water safety warning as warmer weather arrives

River Thurne. Norfolk Broads. Picture: James Bass Photography

Loddon Staithe by the River Chet. Norfolk Broads. Picture: James Bass Photography

Broads Authority Ranger Tobi Radcliffe on the River Ant at How Hill, Norfolk. Picture: James Bass Photography

After a long winter, temperatures have finally started to climb and many will be thinking about visiting the Broads. The Broads Authority is issuing a reminder for the public to remain vigilant when on or near the water and not to forget their basic safety skills.

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New boating videos released for Broads-wide safety campaign

Broads Authority, Great Yarmouth Yatch Station – August 2020 with Rangers helping customers

Ahead of this year’s tourist season, the Broads Authority and partners have released a new series of videos, to help inform all boat hirers how to stay safe on the Broads.

The new ‘how to’ boating videos are intended for new hirers and new private boat owners to watch before their visit, to help them get the most out of their time on the Broads. Hirers will be emailed a link to the videos before their holiday, to complement the safety handover they receive when they hire a boat. It is hoped that the videos will help to acquaint visitors with their boats and improve handling skills.

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Three boaters prosecuted for navigation offences on the Broads

Broads Authority Ranger Tobi Radcliffe on the River Ant at How Hill, Norfolk. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Broads Authority highlights three recent prosecutions of boat owners for numerous counts of failing to navigate with care and caution and of breaking the speed limit on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

The Authority is committed to prosecuting those who put the Broads and its users at risk. Piloting over the speed limit and dangerous boat handling causes distress to people enjoying the Broads. It is also a real danger to wildlife and has the potential to cause serious damage and injury.

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Broads Authority urges boaters to be vigilant against CO poisoning

CO is a special problem during winter, but it is always there through the year. There are many detectors available, some combining smoke and CO detection or multi gas detectors, Check what suites your boat best and invest – IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE…….BOL Ed.

 

As temperatures drop and boaters return to their vessels over the Christmas break, the Authority issues a warning about the dangers of the ‘silent killer’ Carbon monoxide (CO).

Running a boat’s engine to power heating and appliances can produce Carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste.

Following the deaths of two friends from CO poisoning on a boat in York in December 2019, the Authority is asking boaters to revisit and adopt CO safety advice immediately.

The boaters died when an improvised cabin heater installation leaked exhaust gas, resulting in lethal amounts of toxic CO being pumped into the cabin. The leaking gas and the fact that there was no working CO alarm aboard, may have led to the poisoning of the men’s blood systems without them having any warning.

The Authority recommends having at least one suitable working CO alarm aboard and to follow the Boat Safety Scheme’s (BSS) ‘Tips to keep you and your crew alive’

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New pontoons improve River Wensum access for paddle sports

Until recently, the river sluice at New Mills in Norwich was the final destination for canoes, kayaks and SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards).

Now paddle craft can continue on to Hellesdon upstream or downstream towards the River Yare, thanks to a new pontoon and canoe portage installed by the Broads Authority in partnership with Norwich City Council. The Victorian pump house and sluice gates at New Mills sit on the New Mills Bridge over the Wensum and date back to 1897, constructed for the (then) new Norwich sewage system.

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Public asked to look out for invasive plant spreading through the Broads

The Broads Authority has issued an alert that the invasive floating pennywort plant has been found in the Broads National Park.

The Authority is asking river users and the local community to be on the look-out for an outbreak of the floating pennywort on the River Ant but asks that if found, not to disturb it.

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Broads Authority safety advice

Even at their most tranquil and enticing, the Broads hold many dangers for the unwary. Dont be fooled and follow the advice below to enjoy this unique area of wetlands, rivers and lakes……..BOL Ed

Autumn safety on the Broads

While the Broads National Park continues to attract large numbers of visitors, the Broads Authority has issued Autumn advice to help visitors stay safe on the Broads during cooler, wetter weather.

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