Mindless Theft of Bramcote Water Rescue Equipment

From Stapleford Fire Station Facebook page:

We have some disappointing news to report on this beautiful Saturday morning.

Emergency Life Saving Equipment at Cookies Pond Ilkeston Road Bramcote has been STOLEN.

This morning Firefighter Andy Bennett attended the site to make a routine check of the equipment and found that the key box and throw line has been stolen and nowhere to be seen.

We are so disappointed at this mindless act of vandalism and theft.

Every year 400 people accidentally drown and 200 take their own lives in our waterways. This equipment is there to save lives, and I am actually lost of words.

We are preparing to mount our most comprehensive water safety campaign across the town, and this happens. It’s gut wrenching.

Watch Manager Gary Fordham who leads the team at Stapleford says “this an act of pure mindless vandalism and we are urging anyone with information about this to contact the police via 101 or anonymously via crimestoppers 0800 555 111. We’ll arrange for the equipment to be replaced via the Broxtowe Water Safety Partnership and will continue to make regular checks at the site”

If you see someone in distress in the water, call 999 and ask for the fire service.

Photograph: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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