Vandals blamed for Sea life Centre flood
Management of the National Sealife Centre in Bray believe vandals may have been behind an attack which forced the centre to close during the busy Easter period.
Staff and management alike spent Wednesday in their waders mopping up after what appears to have been a callous act of vandalism which left parts of the aquatic centre under six inches of water.
Apparently, a water hose from an adjacent derelict building was turned on overnight on Tuesday and the water entered the Sealife building and spread through the offices, staff area and display areas until detected by staff at the centre on Wednesday morning.
Mark Oakley, PR for the Sealife group said that thankfully none of the displays were damaged as the water had entered the building at ground level.
However, the children’s area was completely flooded, as was the stock room area where a range of cuddly toys and confectionary were kept.
‘It’s impossible to give an accurate assessment of the damage, but a few thousand euro worth of stock has been completely destroyed,’ he said.
Members of the Gardaí investigated the scene and are now following a definite line of enquiry after it emerged that a number of skylights above the staff area had been smashed in the incident.
The incident couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the Sealife centre, as the Easter holidays is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.
Some 2,000 visitors were expected through its doors over the week, and the loss of this revenue comes as a major blow to the centre, just as the summer season approaches.
Manager of the Sealife centre, Pat O Suilleabhain was clearly upset by what he called a ‘mindless act of vandalism’.