Gear damaged in drunken rampage Vandals strike
THE Townsville Outrigger Canoe club faces months of fundraising after drunken louts damaged thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
Club secretary Cathy Hyde said members returned from a weekend regatta to find equipment they had stored at The Strand had been stolen and vandalised.
Ms Hyde said one of the canoe’s amas – a device on the side of the craft to help it float – would take about $ 2000 to replace after presumably being thrown in the sea.
‘ ‘ The r i g g i ng had b e e n slashed by broken glass, large caps that keep the water out of the canoe hulls were missing, and the other canoes – despite being padlocked – had been dumped on top of each o t h e r a n d t i p p e d u p s i d e down,’’ she said.
‘ ‘ T h e c l u b i s c u r r e n t l y unsure of the full extent of hull damage that these canoes have suffered and the membership is gutted by these acts of vandalism.’’
SENSELESS: President Jason Poppy with some of the damaged gear
Ms Hyde said she hoped the culprits realised the repercussions of their reckless decisions, with the incident reported to Townsville police on Monday morning.
The incident comes just weeks after lifeguards on The Strand reported safety signs being senselessly vandalised and stolen.
Townsville police officer-incharge Senior-Sergeant Tony Melrose said: ‘‘ I deplore this mindless criminal activity by those people who feel the need to damage others.’’
He said CCTV was being examined by police. Anyone with information should call Townsville police on 4759 9777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.