Thieves steal safety boat from East Lancashire club

Sailing club member Geoff Peake, left, and captain Dave Anderson with a boat similar to the one that was stolen

Sailing club member Geoff Peake, left, and captain Dave Anderson with a boat similar to the one that was stolen

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

YOUNGSTERS who want to learn to sail this summer could be left disappointed after the theft of a safety boat from an East Lancashire club.

The rib boat, which is launched while lessons are taking place on the Rishton reservoir to make sure learners stay safe, was taken by thieves who towed the vessel away.

Geoff Peake, a member at the East Lancashire Sailing Club, said some summer programmes would have to be cancelled if the boat could not be found or replaced.

He said: “Everybody is pretty fed up and there could be some disappointed kids this summer.

“During the school holidays, there are usually more programmes for kids, but potentially we will have to reduce the opportunities for them to learn to sail. There will be a reduction in the number of boats that can sail at any one time for safety reasons.”

The thieves used metal cutting tools to get into the Reservoir Side site between 9.30pm on Saturday and early on Sunday, police said.

The boat, an Avon Searider Rib, was on a steel-framed blue road trailer and had an out board motor.

To replace the boat, which has an orange hull, with a new one would cost more than £10,000.

Mr Peake said he believed the thieves knew what they were looking for.

He said: “I would have thought it would have taken them a while to do. They obviously had cutting tools and they only took that one boat.

“Whoever has taken it obviously knew what they wanted and knew there was a value.

“They must have had quite a substantial vehicle, so if anyone saw anybody towing a boat that night, I would ask them to contact the police.”

An investigation has been launched and a police spokesman said: “The offenders approached the sailing club and cut through a padlock on the main gates and took a trailer and a boat.

“We would appeal for any witnesses who might have information about this theft to contact police.”

Anybody with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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5:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

pwitch says...

It is getting to the stage when every organisation needs cctv recording everything around their premises. People will steal anything which is not screwed down and too difficult to pinch.
It is getting to the stage when every organisation needs cctv recording everything around their premises. People will steal anything which is not screwed down and too difficult to pinch. pwitch
  • Score: 8

11:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Has this club ever heard of insurance, or security guards ?
Has this club ever heard of insurance, or security guards ? 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -9

8:11am Fri 27 Jun 14

child44 says...

No comments allowed on the story about two scumbags who robbed a woman near the cathedral. 5 years each -well done, judge.
No comments allowed on the story about two scumbags who robbed a woman near the cathedral. 5 years each -well done, judge. child44
  • Score: 4

8:24am Fri 27 Jun 14

A Darener says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Has this club ever heard of insurance, or security guards ?
Are you going to pay for the insurance and guards?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Has this club ever heard of insurance, or security guards ?[/p][/quote]Are you going to pay for the insurance and guards? A Darener
  • Score: 5

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