Lives put at risk as rescue boat fuel line cut a second time
NOOSA Coast Guard officials say the lives of crew members could have been put at risk by the weekend sabotage of one of their rescue boats.
Commander John Milland is scratching his head, trying to comprehend why vandals deliberately cut the boat's fuel lines for the second time in a month.
Mr Milland said the act put both his volunteer crew and boaties in danger on Saturday as they made their way to the Noosa Bar.
The Noosa Coast Guard aims to promote safety on the water and helps rescue boaties who are lost or in danger.
"I was just so shocked that someone could do that to an emergency services vessel again," Commander Milland said.
A crew headed out on the boat on Saturday morning to put a new track on the GPS for crossing the Noosa Bar.
Halfway towards the bar, the engine stopped and the crew realised the fuel lines had been cut at an angle, making repair very difficult.
"What concerns me is that the vandalism put those four crew members at risk.
"If the engine had conked out on the bar and a wave came up, the boat could have rolled.
"Also if there were someone who needed our help out on the water we wouldn't have been able to get there so it was putting the public at risk too.
"It is not that it is an expensive fix, the boat is up and running now, it was just a danger at the time and extra costs for us.
"I just couldn't believe that someone could be so stupid as to do this again.
"Thank goodness the community is behind us."
The Noosa Coast Guard, located just behind Munna Point caravan park, owns three vessels. The one sabotaged is used most often as it is well equipped to handle rescue operations on the bar.
"Surely these vandals can find better things to do with their time than attack a community organisation that is trying to do a serious job."