Police helicopter, firefighters in dinghy and police dogs search for large boat cruiser stolen in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich

Firefighters launch a rescue boat on the River Yare from River Green, Thorpe St Andrew

Police and fire crews combined in a river search operation on Tuesday after a large boat cruiser was stolen in Norwich.

The boat was stolen from near Kingfisher Cruisers in Bungalow Lane at 6pm, and led to a police helicopter searching the scene and a crew from Norfolk fire service deployed their inflatable dinghy to help.

The green 33ft long Aqua Fibre 33 cruiser, with a white cabin, was later recovered further along the River Yare close to the A47 at Postwick, heading in the Bramerton direction.

The police called firefighters to help them in the operation, and one fire engine from Carrow and a Environment Agency and Fire and Rescue Service van arrived in Thorpe St Andrew at about 10pm. Specialist Broadsbeat officers and the dog unit also helped.

The firefighters launched the dinghy from River Green, near the Rushcutter pub on Yarmouth Road, at 10.28pm, with four firefighters using head torches and lamps.

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No arrests have been made. Witnesses are asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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