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Gardai Investigate Engine & GPS Theft from Corrib Mask Search & Rescue Craft

21st September 2020
Corrib Mask Search & Rescue volunteers on a training day on Lough Corrib Corrib Mask Search & Rescue volunteers on a training day on Lough Corrib

A west of Ireland community search and rescue service says it is “devastated” after the theft of up to 13,000 euro of equipment from its Zodiac rescue craft.

As Afloat reported earlier, a Yamaha engine and GPS plotter were stolen and wires cut from the Corrib Mask Search and Rescue unit’s vessel in Cong on the Galway-Mayo border at the weekend.

The unit’s chairman Vincent Heneghan said it has had to inform the Irish Coast Guard that it cannot respond to call-outs on Lough Corrib until such time as new equipment is acquired and extensive damage repaired.

“We are devastated – we estimate the total value at 12,000 to 13,000 euro and some of this money came through Government Clár funding and through a local Cornamona community cycle held several years ago,” Mr Heneghan said.

The vessel is one of two used by the unit for rescues on loughs Corrib and Mask, and the unit responds to up to ten call outs annually. This year has been particularly busy with far more kayakers and other recreational craft on the water during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Corrib vessel has been located at Cong since its boathouse in Ashford was damaged by storms last winter. The unit hopes to move to a more secure location at Lisloughrey.

Corrib Mask Search and Rescue was established in 2004, and is a voluntary asset for the Irish Coast Guard and works closely with the Garda, government departments and statutory bodies.

The theft of the equipment is being investigated by Ballinrobe Garda Station in Co Mayo, and anyone with information is asked to contact it via Claremorris Garda Station on 0949372080 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 250 025.

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