Life­sav­ing gear stolen

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Surf Life Sav­ing North­ern Re­gion has been struck with an­other theft of vi­tal life­sav­ing equip­ment just months af­ter one of its clubs was bro­ken into.

A Yamaha VX700 jet­ski is miss­ing from the North­ern Re­gion head­quar­ters in Me­chan­ics Bay.

Life­sav­ing and club sup­port man­ager Tom Burgess says the jet­ski is used as a res­cue wa­ter craft and it is a vi­tal piece of res- cue equip­ment for life­guards.

‘‘As a char­ity we can’t eas­ily re­place ex­pen­sive gear like this and we des­per­ately need to get it back in time for sum­mer,’’ he says.

In May, around $60,000 worth of equip­ment was stolen overnight from the United North Piha gear shed in­clud­ing IRB en­gines and quad bikes.

Mr Burgess says thefts such as th­ese are thefts from the com­mu­nity and could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

‘‘We are urg­ing any­one who has in­for­ma­tion to con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately,’’ he says.

The jet­ski is dis­tinc­tive with yel­low and white brand­ing and Surf Res­cue in red let­ter­ing.

Dis­tinc­tive jet­ski: The lost Yamaha VX700 jet­ski has yel­low and white brand­ing and Surf Res­cue in red let­ter­ing.

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