Author: Deborah Heaton-Caffin, Lifeguard Press Officer
Equipment provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the running of the lifeguard service in Lincolnshire has once again been targeted by thieves.
It is the second time this summer that the mobile lifeguard unit (MLU) situated on the promenade on Mablethorpe beach has been broken into; this time with at least £2,500 worth of essential lifesaving equipment stolen.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Mark Hargreaves said it is increasingly difficult to understand the thieves’ motivation in targeting the lifeguard unit.
He said: ‘Both times, the thieves have taken the first aid responder bag and this time, the service’s defibrillator went as well.
‘RNLI lifeguards are trained to an incredibly high standard as first responders to the ambulance service and the first aid equipment is used to aid all visitors to the beach in Mablethorpe.
‘Defibrillators in particular, are not easy pieces of equipment to operate and can be dangerous if not used for their correct purpose. I can only assume the thieves have taken it with the hope of selling it on.’
Mark added that as with all equipment provided by the RNLI for both the lifeguard and volunteer lifeboat services, the first aid equipment stolen was paid for through public donations.
Mark said: ‘The RNLI is a charity that relies on public donations to operate and the money used to pay for that equipment was given to the charity by members of the public. Myself and the lifeguards on duty who discovered the break-in are incredibly saddened that the charity has been targeted in this location once again.’