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Auckland vandals strike coastguard emergency vehicles

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
Auckland,
Publish Date
Sunday, 17 February 2019, 12:02p.m.
Vandals have smashed a window and ripped a handle off an emergency response vehicle belonging to Papakura Coastguard. (Photo / Supplied)
Vandals have smashed a window and ripped a handle off an emergency response vehicle belonging to Papakura Coastguard. (Photo / Supplied)

Papakura Coastguard officials responding to a boatie in trouble arrived at work to discover vandals had smashed up an emergency response vehicle.

Vandals smashed a window and tore a door handle off an emergency response vehicle belonging to Papakura Coastguard.

Police are investigating the break in.

The charity said it received a callout on Saturday morning at 1am to assist a boat with engine trouble.

Vandals have smashed a window and ripped a handle off an emergency response vehicle belonging to Papakura Coastguard. Photo / supplied

Vandals have smashed a window and ripped a handle off an emergency response vehicle belonging to Papakura Coastguard. Photo / supplied

"Unfortunately, arriving at base, we were pretty shocked and disappointed to see that someone had broken the window of our pool car and ripped the handle off our truck," the organisation said on Facebook.

"These are emergency response vehicles with nothing of value stored in them. Sad that people feel the need to break into them."

Despite the setback, the callout was successful and the boat in trouble was towed back to shore.

"Thankfully, the truck was still usable for the callout and we were able to take a private vehicle as well," it added.

The damage was described by the charity as "significant" - and there are fears that money raised at its annual garage sale on March 23 will have to be spent on repairing the vehicles.

Its Facebook post has received 350 reactions, 85 comments and shared 106 times as at 9am Sunday morning, with sentiments running high.

"That's sad that people feel the need to vandalise other people's property, especially that used for saving people's lives. Let's hope they see this post and realise what losers they are," wrote Marilyn Retter.

"CG (Coastguard) does such an awesome job, and don't deserve this added stress. Must be heart wrenching for volunteers to find themselves in situations like this one."

Another poster Sam Sword said: "This is shocking, do people not realise that 1 stupid action can put the life of others at risk!"

* Anyone with information can call Papakura police on 09 295 0200.

 

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