Theft hits Coast­guard Mana hard

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Coast­guard Mana is still off the wa­ter de­spite its res­cue boat’s $12,000 mo­tor be­ing re­cov­ered.

Overnight on Au­gust 30, thieves cut through a fence at the Mana Ma­rina, where the 5m in­shore res­cue boat was parked, and un­bolted one of two mo­tors from the back of the boat.

It was the sec­ond time an out­board mo­tor had been stolen from the Coast­guard.

‘‘Who­ever did it did a com­plete dis­ser­vice to the com­mu­nity,’’ Coast­guard Mana res­cue co­or­di­na­tor Trevor Farmer said the day after.

How­ever, a marine store em­ployee in Lower Hutt called po­lice on Septem­ber 1 when a man tried to get cable re­place­ments for the mo­tor.

‘‘We’re very happy to have got it back, but it’s in a state,’’ Farmer said.

‘‘There’s quite a lot of dam­age to the cy­clin­ders, ca­bles and con­trol sys­tem. The four ca­bles cost $700 each.’’

He said the Coast­guard would be talk­ing to its in­surance company – but min­i­mally there was a $3000 ex­cess.

A givealit­tle. co. nz page had raised $2380 by the end of last week to help de­fray costs.

Farmer said the ear­li­est the boat might be back on the wa­ter was this Fri­day, be­cause ma­te­ri­als to help fix the mo­tor needed to come from Ja­pan.

‘‘Un­til we can get the mo­tor on and have the boat sur­veyed again, Mana Coast­guard is not avail­able for any marine res­cue ser­vices.’’

Act­ing Mana Coast­guard pres­i­dent Mark Pres­ling said when he turned up with a group of vol­un­teers for train­ing on Au­gust 31, there was ‘‘shock, fol­lowed by dis­be­lief and gen­eral frus­tra­tion’’ when they re­alised it had been stolen.

‘‘It’s very, very dis­ap­point­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve put a lot of ef­fort into train­ing, get­ting ready for the sum­mer pe­riod.

‘‘This put a se­ri­ous dent in our abil­i­ties to get our crews on to the wa­ter and make sure that they are safe, and that they are ca­pa­ble of go­ing in and res­cu­ing other peo­ple.

‘‘ We are cur­rently hav­ing to re­place our big ves­sel, which has just been taken out of ser­vice be­cause it’s been deemed un­safe by the sur­veyor.

‘‘So we’re al­ready work­ing hard on com­ing up with a re­place­ment ves­sel for that and this is go­ing to eat into those funds sig­nif­i­cantly.’’

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