Author: Scott Snowling, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The volunteer crew at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution inland waterways lifeboat station at South Broads were saddened to find that the boathouse had been broken into over the weekend.
Thieves had broken into the lifeboat station in Oulton Broad and stolen one of the station’s 10 horsepower Mariner outboard motors as used on the stations smaller XP class lifeboat.
Between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday the thieves had smashed through the building’s exterior cladding to get in to remove the spare engine leaving the building damaged and wasting vital lifesaving funds.
Helmsman Mark Prime, on finding the news, said ‘it’s a very sad state of affairs when someone feels the need to steal from a lifesaving charity. Obviously this theft now means that the RNLI will need to replace the engine, but has also had to repair the damage left behind to the building, wasting vital charitable donations which would otherwise be used for saving lives.’
The crew are appealing to people who may have any information regarding the theft to get in contact with Suffolk police on 01473 613500