Man rescued after two hour search of the River Bure, near Acle

The Hemsby Lifeboat rescued a man from the River Bure near to Stokesby. PICTURE: Hemsby Lifeboat.

The Hemsby Lifeboat rescued a man from the River Bure near to Stokesby. PICTURE: Hemsby Lifeboat. - Credit: Archant

A man was rescued from the River Bure after falling from a boat near Stokesby – resulting in a two hour search.

The Winterton Coastguard Rescue Team and Hemsby Lifeboat were called to Stokesby, in Acle, after a passer-by spotted a boat adrift on Saturday night.

The Hemsby Broads Lifeboat launched from Stokesby slipway just before 11pm in search of the vessel – which was colliding with other moored boats in the area.

A lifeboat spokesman said: 'The vessel was found 1.5 miles east up the river with one intoxicated occupant asleep and a dog on board.

'After questioning, it became apparent that there was another member of the party that was not accounted for.'

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A search party was then launched in a bid to find the missing man.

Fire crews from Acle and Carrow attended – but were held in reserve in case the need arose to use their thermal image camera.

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After two hours the man was discovered laying in the water, in some reeds, by the lifeboat crew.

The spokesman added: 'Hemsby Lifeboat continued a search for the missing person, who had fallen off the boat, and was located in a distressed state in the water and among the reed beds of Calthorpe Marshes.

'He was boarded onto the Lifeboat and taken back to Stokesby for immediate first aid from a waiting ambulance.'

The man was then passed into the care of the ambulance and police service.

The lifeboat had returned to station by 3.15am.

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