Theft hits Coastguard Mana hard
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.
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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.’’