Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Pushing the boat out

There seems to have been a spate of thoughtless (and criminal) individuals pushing dinghies and other craft off beaches and hard stands out into the sea. Most of these are recovered by passing individuals and returned to their proper places. The ILB has just been launched to recover one such dinghy drifting near 1/2nm NOrth East of the lifeboat station. They recovered it and returned it to the beach in front of the angling club. I wonder if the individuals who did this care about the inconvenience they cause others? Perhaps in the light of other news stories this week about making offenders face their victims I shouldn't suggest it...doesn't seem to have done Jacqui Smith any good!

1 comment:

Douglas Wilcox said...

Not to mention the risk to rescue crews when the boat owner can't be contacted and a search for a missing person is launched!

It is not a new phenomenon, however. A friend lost his Heron dinghy in 1970 from a fairly remote part of the Solway. Vandals removed it from its trailer and launched it on an ebb spring tide.

It was recovered 6 weeks later by a trawler off the coast of Iceland!