Police believe there is a "real possibility" that a missing 65-year-old man entered the water as the search to find him continues.

Officers are continuing to search the water in and around Hickling Broad after David Cubberley's boat was found on Saturday.

The deserted 20ft cabin cruiser was discovered in the reeds in Candle Dyke at around 3pm on Saturday by fishermen who raised the alarm.

Eastern Daily Press: Police are searching in and around Hickling Broad including Martham and Potter HeighamPolice are searching in and around Hickling Broad including Martham and Potter Heigham (Image: Sonya Duncan)

At around 8am on the same day, his dog was found by a member of the public on land nearby and taken to a local vet.

Mr Cubberley, who is described as white, of slim build with shoulder-length white hair, was last seen on Wednesday.

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A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: "We are concerned for David’s welfare and following the discovery of his boat, much of our search has been focused in and around Hickling Broad.

"We are focusing on a number of lines of enquiry, including examining CCTV, however there is a real possibility that David has entered the water and therefore our searches on the water continue."

Eastern Daily Press: Officers are searching boats in the area.Officers are searching boats in the area. (Image: Sonya Duncan)

There will be a continued police presence in the area over the coming days as they continue to work with crews from the constabulary’s Marine Unit, drone team, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the Coastguard.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Cubberley or his boat, an older 2-berth motor vessel in a cream colour, or anyone who knows of his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary immediately on 101 quoting incident number 271 of 17 February 2024.