Norfolk: Two Bodies Found in Broads

2 September 2012, 20:32 | Updated: 2 September 2012, 20:35

Police searching for two people on the Norfolk Broads can confirm that two bodies have been recovered.

The bodies were discovered in water this afternoon between Salhouse Broad and Wroxham Broad after a search was carried out of the location during today by divers.

The body of a woman was discovered shortly after 2pm and the body of a male discovered shortly after 4.35pm.

Both deaths are currently being treated as unexplained though police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident.

The search was instigated following a report to police at 5pm last night, Saturday 1 September, that a holiday hire boat had not been returned as arranged at the end of the week.

The boat was quickly located and a 13 year old girl was found to be on board alone but unharmed. She has been informed of the development and is being comforted by relatives. The river has been re-opened to boating traffic.

The boat has been recovered and returned to a boat yard at Horning where it continues to be examined.

The Coroner has been informed and Home Office post mortems are due to be carried out tomorrow, Monday September 3, to establish the cause of death.

Detective Superintendent Pete Hornby of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, overseeing the investigation, said: "We are in the early stages of our investigation and working to establish the sequence of events which led to this evening's tragic outcome.

"The motives surrounding the incident remain unclear, but at this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths."

Formal identification of the bodies will take place in due course.