Suffolk woman dies in boating tragedy

A WOMAN from Suffolk has became the third person to die on the Norfolk Broads in just over a week.Lisa Hooper, 32, was part of a family group on a cruiser moored close to Red House Inn at Cantley, near Great Yarmouth.

A WOMAN from Suffolk has became the third person to die on the Norfolk Broads in just over a week.

Lisa Hooper, 32, was part of a family group on a cruiser moored close to Red House Inn at Cantley, near Great Yarmouth.

The latest tragedy happened at 1.20am yesterdaywhen Great Yarmouth coastguard requested police help after a report of a person falling off a cruiser into the River Yare.

Inshore lifeboats from Gorleston and Hemsby, along with the Winterton Coastguard team, fire service, police and ambulance, supported by the air sea rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield, searched the area.


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The Suffolk woman was part of a family group on a cruiser moored close to Red House Inn and it believed to have fallen into the river.

At about 2.15am her body was recovered from the water. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston.

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Norfolk police are currently conducting enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Her death came just hours after a 24-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth died after falling in the River Bure at 2.29am on Sunday.

Norfolk Police received a report of a person having fallen from a cruiser moored in the River Bure in Great Yarmouth near to the White Swan Public House.

A search and rescue helicopter crew spotted the woman floating in the water and winched her on board before taking her to the James Paget Hospital but she did not survive.

Norfolk police are not treating the death as suspicious and believe it was a tragic accident. A post mortem examination is due to be held later today.

Rachel Fry, 42, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, died the previous weekend after the hire boat she and her family had been travelling on capsized on the River Bure near Horning Hall.

Mrs Fry was trapped in the boat after it capsized along with her sister from Suffolk who survived the ordeal.

A spokesman for the Wattisham-based search and rescue team said the recent deaths in the Broads were 'very unusual.'

He added: "It's very unfortunate and regrettable. Obviously, our job is search and rescue and there are various parts to that, but with these outcomes it's never a nice thing to have to do."

With the school holidays it is now the peak season on the Broads and Yarmouth Coastguards urged people to take care when near water in a bid to prevent such tragedies from happening.

"We want people to come and have a lovely time on the rivers, broads and coastline in our area," said a spokesman.

"But we would remind people of the potential dangers and urge everyone to take care and adhere to the warning and safety notices," he said.

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