Statement regarding incident at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station

At approximately 1.35 pm, on Wednesday, 19 August , near Great Yarmouth Yacht Station in North Quay, a tragic incident resulted in the death of a woman in her 30s.

Broads Authority, Chief Executive, John Packman said of the incident,

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the woman’s family, who are being supported by specialist services.

“The incident is being investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and the Police, who will release further details in due course.

“For now, we are focussing on supporting our staff, who were first on the scene, and who dealt with this emergency with calm professionalism, as well as reassuring and supporting those visitors on the River Bure, who witnessed the incident.

“We would like to thank the Coastguard, emergency services and the local community (including boat yards, businesses and contractors) who all worked together, yesterday to ensure other river users were safe and given clear instruction, whilst the situation was being managed.

“Fatalities on the Broads are a very rare occurrence and the Authority, in partnership with the Coastguard and local emergency services, have robust safety systems in place. These measures ensure that many thousands of visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience in the Broads National Park.”

Investigations are ongoing and the Authority will issue no further statement or comment at this moment in time.

Thursday 20 August 2020