MEMBERS of Limerick Marine Search & Rescue have described the theft of a jet-ski worth €10,000, used to help save lives on the river, as a “new low”.
In the early hours of this Friday morning, gardai were called to the scene at Poor Man’s Kilkee, where a pontoon had recently been erected with a slip-way to enter the water quicker, thanks to funding made available from JP McManus.
Peter Hogan, of the service, said while the jet-ski has now been recovered, it will cost a substantial amount to repair and may not be operational for a number of days.
“It was stolen in the early hours of this morning; as if we didn’t have enough to be doing. It’s just a new low. We thought people would have some respect for life-saving equipment. Thankfully the boats were not taken,” he told the Limerick Leader.
The jet-ski was recovered near the Mill Road, but he said extensive damage has been caused to the vehicle, which will require a whole new ignition system and will be out of service for an undetermined length of time.
However, he said they are anxious to get it back on the water as soon as possible in case there are any emergencies over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.
“It’s a sad state of affairs. We will also have to take extra precautions to ensure that it is safely secured,” he said.
CCTV footage has been gleaned from the area in a bid to identify the culprit.