Engine fell off river cruiser on the River Bure

An engine fell off a river cruiser on Saturday, prompting the rescue of three people by Hemsby Insho

An engine fell off a river cruiser on Saturday, prompting the rescue of three people by Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service. - Credit: Supplied

An engine fell off a river cruiser on Saturday, prompting the launch of Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service's broads lifeboat.

The 23ft cruiser, which had three people onboard, ran out of petrol close to the former Stracey Arms on the River Bure, at around 4.24pm.

It drifted onto the bank defences and the engine hit submerged matter, causing it to fall off.

The lifeboat crew entered the water and were able to free the engine and secure it to the cruiser with lines.

Steerage was also lost due to the breakdown so the lifeboat crew set up a springer line to bring the boat back to safety at The Bridge Inn at Acle Bridge.

The cruiser was secured and moored to the quay for repair to the engine, the three people onboard did not suffer any injuries and were glad of the lifeboat's assistance.

Hemsby Lifeboat coxswain, Daniel Hurd, advised boat users considering using their boat for the sea or rivers to ensure that they have undergone boat preparation procedures before embarking on any voyage.

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The lifeboat was stood down at 8.26pm and returned to station.