REPLACED: The propellers of VMR's only rescue vessel have been stolen and replaced by the offender with damaged ones. Photo contributed.
REPLACED: The propellers of VMR's only rescue vessel have been stolen and replaced by the offender with damaged ones. Photo contributed. Contributed

Propellers of only rescue vessel stolen

VOLUNTEERS at the Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue club (VMR) have been left without their usual propellers on their only rescue vessel.

On April 7, it was discovered the vessel's two propellers had been stolen and replaced with two badly damaged ones.

With only one rescue vessel available to VMR, the act has sparked outrage within the community and raised the question of who would commit such a crime.

Officer in Charge of Whitsunday Police, Nathan Blain, expressed his concerns.

"It's a despicable act and it puts the community in danger if they go out onto the water," he said.

"It means if anyone needs help, there won't be anyone to go out and assist them."

VMR Vice President Mal Priday said the team had spare propellers but if there had been none, the situation would have been even more grave.

The matter is currently under investigation and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Contact the Whitsunday station on 4948 8888 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.  


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