Two separate locked-up RNLI lifeguard units in the North West were broken into over the weekend, with the perpetrators still yet to be identified.
The RNLI lifeguard unit on Harrison Drive was broken into on Friday 23 August and the Moreton location was broken into on bank holiday Monday 26 August.
Collection boxes at both locations were broken into, with donations being stolen from the units. Fortunately, a collection box at one of the locations had been recently emptied by an RNLI person, which meant that the box was relatively empty at the time it was raided.
Some of the binoculars kept in the units were also stolen, which are crucial pieces of equipment for lifeguards to use on patrol. They allow lifeguards to keep an eye on beach-goers and help them to monitor the sea conditions from different areas of the beach.
Lead lifeguard Supervisor Ryan Jennings said, ‘Although the break-ins are hugely disappointing, they have not affected the lifeguards’ ability to do their jobs and they have continued to work hard, patrolling the beaches every day from 10am-6pm. We urge for anyone with information on either incident to contact the Merseyside Police, to help us to stop this from happening again.’
Anyone with information about the break-ins, please contact the Merseyside Police by calling 101.
Katie Lewis, Media Engagement Placement, Wales and West at Katie_lewis@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
Learn more about the RNLI
For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.