Carrick-on-Suir residents were shocked and outraged this week following the theft of expensive equipment from a life-saving, voluntary organisation, based in the town.
Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue was the target of a ‘disgraceful’ robbery at the weekend when an engine, and a petrol tank, were stolen from one of the group’s four river boats.
The four boats were anchored at the marina in Carrick, in advance of the annual Carrick-on-Suir triathlon which took place last Sunday.
However sometime between 12pm on Saturday July 12 and early morning on Sunday July 13, the boat was moved from the marina to a quieter location further down river.
A 15HP Yamaha outboard engine worth more than €3,500, and a petrol tank worth €120, were stolen from the boat.
Members of Carrick River Rescue were described as being ‘very upset’ by the incident, according to secretary Bobby Power.
While they were initially relieved to find the river boat, they were appalled that the engine and petrol tank were gone.
“It took us a while to find the boat and we were relieved when we did, but everyone of us is in uproar over it,” said Mr Power.
He explained that it usually takes two River Rescue personnel to lift the engine onto and off the boat, so at least two people were involved in the theft they believe.
“This boat is a very important boat, it is one of our main boats, as it can go into shallow water,” said Mr Power.