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Operators try desperately to fix popular river boat attraction

PUBLISHED: 14:29 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 24 July 2018

The Big Dog Ferry had been out of service due to engine failure. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Big Dog Ferry had been out of service due to engine failure. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A boat that ferries passengers along one of the region's most picturesque stretches of river remains out of service after its engine failed.

The Beccles Big Dog Ferry is currently out of service due to engine failure. Picture: Nick ButcherThe Beccles Big Dog Ferry is currently out of service due to engine failure. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Big Dog Ferry, which runs along the River Waveney from Beccles Lido to the Locks Inn at Geldeston, broke down yesterday following the malfunction of its outboard motor.

Operators are now trying desperately to attach a spare, reconditioned engine to the boat in an attempt to get the popular attraction back up and running.

Shaun Crowley, volunteer at ferry owners Beccles Lido Limited, said an update on any future ferry trips would be issued in due course.

“We’ve got a spare, reconditioned engine and we’re currently trying to get that on the boat,” said Mr Crowley. “We’ll test it out and do our best to get the ferry out on the water tomorrow if we can.

“People will be kept updated on our progress via the Big Dog Ferry Facebook page.”

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