Boat sinks in Norfolk river

Four holidaymakers scrambled to safety after their boat sank close to Acle Bridge in Norfolk.

Coastguards received reports that a vessel with four people on board was taking on water close to the bridge on the River Bure at about 7pm yesterday.

A spokesman for Yarmouth Coastguard said the Broads Rescue Boat was sent as well as the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service who attempted to pump the water out of the boat.

The spokesman said the fire service were unable to prevent the boat from sinking as it had taken on too much water, but added that all four people on board managed to step ashore before the boat sank.

The Broads Authority also attended to light the scene to make other river users aware that there was a sunken vessel close to the bridge and allow them to navigate their way safely past.

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The spokesman said the boat is still where it sank but was expected to be lifted out of the water by the Broads Authority later today.

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