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Thursday 23 November 2017

'Malicious act of vandalism' - safety boat belonging to youth club slashed and engine stolen

The slashed boat was left floating in the harbour Photo: Kyran O'Gorman
The slashed boat was left floating in the harbour Photo: Kyran O'Gorman
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A training and safety boat belonging to a youth sailing club was slashed and its engine was stolen in an act of "malice and vandalism".

Kyron O'Gorman from the Irish Youth Sailing Club in Dun Laoghaire condemned the attack saying the incident "shocked the club to their core".

"On Sunday, we came across a carcass of a boat and couldn't believe it when we saw it was ours. Somebody went out overnight and stole the engine, threw the safety equipment overboard and slashed the boat.

"It was a malicious act of vandalism," Mr O'Gorman said.

The boat, that was used for training courses for under 12s, was secured in the motor yacht club pontoon when it was destroyed.

Another boat belonging to the Scouts was stolen and a DMYC committee boat was smashed up in the same area.

"This is was a terrible incident to have occurred overnight in our local area. CCTV is been reviewed to hopefully catch the culprits."

Mr O'Gorman said that the boat is now out of use and that the club don't want to claim it on their insurance as it will push up the premiums on their other boats.

"Even if we replace it, how can we be sure that the same thing won't happen again? The culprits probably did it just out of malice or sell on the parts cheaply."

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