Mablethorpe RNLI unit broken into by thieves

RNLI lifeguard Jack Hood holds one of the defibrillators, similar to the one stolen during the break-in.
RNLI lifeguard Jack Hood holds one of the defibrillators, similar to the one stolen during the break-in.

RNLI chiefs have been left ‘saddened’ after the mobile lifeguard unit in Mablethorpe was broken into last week for the second time in three months.

Over £2,500 worth of essential lifesaving equipment, including a defibrillator, was taken in the raid which took place overnight between Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12.

The break-in was discovered by lifeguards as they began their daily watch at the unit on the central promenade on the Friday morning.

Thieves entered the MLU through a hatch, and also stole charity money and some of the lifeguards’ personal possessions.

The defibrillator was quickly replaced, but lifeguards in Mablethorpe are finding it increasingly difficult to understand the thieves’ motivation to target their unit yet again.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Mark Hargreaves, said: “Both times, the thieves have taken the first aid responder bag and this time, the service’s defibrillator went as well.

“Defibrillators in particular, are not easy pieces of equipment to operate and can be dangerous if not used for their correct purpose. I can only assume the thieves have taken it with the hope of selling it on.”

The RNLI have confirmed that all valuable equipment will now be removed from the unit each night in the hope that the MLU will be kept safe from future break-ins.

Mark added: “The RNLI is a charity that relies on public donations to operate and the money used to pay for that equipment was given to the charity by members of the public.

“Myself and the lifeguards on duty who discovered the break-in are incredibly saddened that the charity has been targeted in this location once again.’

l Lincolnshire Police have appealed for anyone with information or who may have seen suspicious activity on the night to call them on 0300 111 0300 quoting incident number 159 of August 12.