The vessel was stolen between Saturday evening and Sunday morning

A safety boat worth

thousands of pounds has been stolen from a sailing club in Lancashire.

Thieves broke into the

club’s site between 9.30pm on Saturday and early on Sunday before making off

with the vessel.

The Avon Searider Rib

was mounted on a road trailer, which the thieves used to tow it away.

Replacing the boat

will cost East Lancashire Sailing Club more than £10,000.

Sailing club member

Geoff Peake told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I would have thought it would have

taken them a while to do. They obviously had cutting tools and they only took

that one boat.

“Whoever has taken it

obviously knew what they wanted and knew there was a value. They must have had

quite a substantial vehicle, so if anyone saw anybody towing a boat that night,

I would ask them to contact the police.”

The theft means that

the sailing club will have to cancel some summer programmes if the boat could

not be recovered or replaced.

“During the school

holidays, there are usually more programmes for kids, but potentially we will

have to reduce the opportunities for them to learn to sail,” added Mr Peake.

Local police have

begun an investigation and are appealing for information from the public.

Those with information

regarding the incident should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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