Bosses of a boat hire company used by a couple whose bodies were recovered from the Norfolk Broads last week have said their thoughts are with the family following the tragedy.

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The bodies of a woman, 49, from Mitcham in Surrey, and a man, identified as John Didier, 41, also from Mitcham in Surrey, were recovered from the River Bure on Sunday, September 2.

They were found by divers brought in by police after the woman’s daughter was found alone aboard a hired pleasure cruiser.

The deaths of the woman, who a post mortem revealed died as a result of strangulation, and Mr Didier, who is believed to have drowned, are being treated by police as a domestic incident.

A spokesman for Horning-based Le Boat, the company the couple had hired the cruiser Admiral from, said: “First and foremost our thoughts are really with the young girl and the family. It’s a horrible, distressing thing to have happened. Certainly everyone was a bit shocked by it. We’re still coming to terms with it and our thoughts are with the family.

“On 99pc of boating holidays everyone has a wonderful time. It was a tragic incident that, as far as we’re aware, was a domestic incident that could’ve happened anywhere and it should not affect holiday makers.

“Norfolk is a wonderful place and has so much to offer on the broads and hopefully it doesn’t affect people’s decision to come and visit a wonderful area.”

For full story about how the Broads is coming to terms with the deaths more than a week on from the tragedy, see tomorrow’s paper.

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