$20k theft blow for state’s rowers

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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ANNOYED: Rowing Tasmania executive officer Rob Prescott surveys the damage inside the Tasmanian Rowing Club’s Lake Barrington shed. Picture: Phillip Biggs.
Nanjing Night Net

IN ANOTHER blow to a club already recoveringfrom flood damage, heartless thieves have stolen about $20,000 of radio equipment and outboard motors from the Lake Barrington-based Tasmanian Rowing Club.

Thieves stole two Yamaha 6hp outboard boat motors, an 18hp Tohatsu outboard motor,12 GME hand-held radios, aMakita angle grinder,Stihl brush cutter and a chainsaw.

Rowing Tasmania executive officerRob Prescott arrived at the club on Friday morning to survey the damage.

He described the damage as “senseless vandalism” and said it was another hurdle to overcome after floods damaged the rowing facility earlier this year.

“We’ve copped a bit of a belting,” he said.

The three outboard boat motors stolen from the club were due to be used by volunteers this weekend to conduct repairs to the course.

Mr Prescott has questioned what use the thieves will get out of stealing the 12 radios, which are all set to the rowing club’s channel.

“I’m not quite sure what use they’re going to be because they’re all set on our own frequency,” he said.

“To lose 12of them, we have to dip into our coffers and replace those fairly quickly because our first regatta is towards the end of October.”

But the determined Rowing Tasmania executive will not let thieves ruin the first regatta in October.

“We will make it work -we won’t compromisesafety,”he said.“If we have to dip into our coffers and buy the radios before any insurances claims are done so be it.”

In a cruel blow, the boat motors stolen this weekwere bought about 12 months ago to replace others that were stolen.Mr Prescott cited flooding in June and said there wereworse things that could happen.

“It’s a minor thing compared to some of the farmers with their livestock lost and damageto property, the people in Latrobe where there was loss of life and loss of property –on the scale of things what’s happened up here is insignificant,” he said.

Anyone with any information is asked tocall Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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