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Eleven rescued in Lowestoft after river cruiser’s engine fails

PUBLISHED: 21:10 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 08 September 2018

Several vehicles were called from Suffolk Fire and Rescue to help the passengers back onto dry land Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE

Several vehicles were called from Suffolk Fire and Rescue to help the passengers back onto dry land Picture: SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE

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A major rescue operation swung into action this evening to rescue 11 people, believed to be elderly, stranded aboard a boat when its engine cut out.

Passengers were rescued from a beached ship at lowestoft Picture: UK COASTGUARDPassengers were rescued from a beached ship at lowestoft Picture: UK COASTGUARD

A major rescue operation was launched to rescue 11 elderly people stranded aboard a boat when its engine cut out on the Broads in Suffolk.

Police, fire and the coastguard were called to the incident in Caldecott Road, Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft,

The boat, described by on-call fireman Ian Carter as a ‘day cruiser’, lost engine power and alerted the Lowestoft Coastguard for help at about 4.45pm on Friday.

Three firecrews were sent to the scene from North Lowestoft and Lowestoft South at about 5.45pm.

Thankfulyl all passengers were rescued and returned to dry land safely Picture: UK COASTGUARDThankfulyl all passengers were rescued and returned to dry land safely Picture: UK COASTGUARD

Suffolk Fire and Rescue also sent a Unimog – a larger truck with tracked tyres to assist in the rescue operation.

The coastguard and police were also in attendance, with officers closing nearby Caldecott Road to allow rescuers to work at the scene.

Police say rescuers had to cut railings at the side of Caldecott Road to allow them to bring people ashore, 
Suffolk fire also sent two dinghies to assist the coastguard.

All the passengers were returned to dry land safely.

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