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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Broads Guides

The Northern part of the Broads Comprises the River Bure, its tributaries and broads

The Central and Southern parts of the Broads Comprises the River Yare, linking Norwich to Great Yarmouth, and the River Waveney, running inland from Lowestoft, then running North to Breydon Water and South West along the Waveney Valley. A man-made New Cut provides a short cut to the River Yare, avoiding the need to sail on to Breydon water and then turn inland on the River Yare

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Mighty Kett’s Oak given a health boost thanks to tree experts and nature’s medicine

At over 500 years old, the health of this fragile ancient oak tree was in jeopardy. Thanks to intervention by tree experts and the addition of a natural soil improver known as ‘biochar’, with careful monitoring, the tree’s condition is hoped to improve.

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