WITH a little help from The Rubberbandits, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue is hoping to raise thousands of euro to repair a jet-ski that was stolen and damaged last weekend.
An idonate page has now been set up to help with the repair costs for the jet-ski, which was stolen from the pontoon near Poor Man’s Kilkee in the early hours of Friday last, and recovered in the river near the Mill Road in Corbally.
Peter Hogan, of Limerick Marine Search & Rescue, said the damaged jet-ski has been examined over the weekend, and he said it will cost several thousand euro to repair.
“We hope to have it operational as soon as possible, but the under-side has been badly damaged and we also need to fit a new ignition. In future the keys will have to be stored in another secure location, which will be slightly more time-consuming for security reasons, but it has to be done. We thought our jet-ski and equipment, which helps save lives on the river, would be one of those sacred things, but sadly not,” he told the Limerick Leader this Tuesday morning.
He earlier described the theft of the jet-ski worth €10,000 as a “new low”. The pontoon on the river was erected earlier this year with €70,000 in funding from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation to help emergency workers reach people in trouble in the water at a much faster speed.
“It’s just a new low [the theft]. We thought people would have some respect for life-saving equipment. Thankfully the boats were not taken,” he said.
The jet-ski was recovered some hours later near the Mill Road, and CCTV footage from the area around Poor Man’s Kilkee is currently being examined by gardai.
The Rubberbandits promoted the link to the idonate page over the weekend, and one post relating to this received nearly 4,300 ‘likes’ on Facebook and over 1,300 shares.
Mr Hogan again praised the generosity of Limerick people in supporting them.
Sinn Fein city councillor and general election candidate Maurice Quinlivan described the theft and damage caused as “unbelievable and disgraceful”.
“Limerick Marine Search and Rescue do amazing work in often difficult circumstances in Limerick and this shocking event is quite disgraceful and it is actually hard to believe that some people would be so irresponsible. Anyone involved in this should face the full brunt of the law.”
“Someone will know who did this. If it was for fun or amusement, I can assure them nobody is laughing or think this is in any way funny. I would urge anyone who has any information on this disgraceful incident to come forward to the Gardaí as soon as possible,” he said.
To make a donation log on to idonate.
Anyone with information can contact Henry Street garda station on 061 212400.