Man in hospital after jumping into water to save his dog on the Broads

A couple on board were found to be in a distressed state due to one of their two dogs entering the w

A couple on board were found to be in a distressed state due to one of their two dogs entering the water and not surviving. Photo: Gerard Roadley-Battin - Credit: Gerard Roadley-Battin

A man has been taken to hospital after hurting himself when he jumped off his boat to try to rescue his dog from the water on Thursday evening.

Police received a call from the coastguard to assist them at Thurne Staithe, following reports an injured man was on a boat which had been due in at 6.30pm.

When the Hemsby Broads lifeboat arrived at St Benet's Abbey, they found a couple, who had been drinking on board, were upset as one of their two dogs had gone into the water and died.

One of the adults had also injured their hip when they went into the water after their dog. The boat had lost steerage from its rudder.

A spokesman in the police control room said the man had 'sustained a head and hip injury'.


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The man was taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for his injuries.

The Broads Lifeboat returned to Thurne Dyke to pick up police officers and take them to the stricken boat, which was then escorted back to Thurne Dyke with Lifeboat crewmen commanding the boat.

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Police were called because another man on the boat was said to be aggressive. No arrests were made.

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