Stolen Motor

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Our rescue boat has been left high and dry by thieves! Please help us get our stolen motor back.


Coastguard Mana has been taken out of action by thieves!

Thieves have shut down our Unit overnight Sat 30 Aug by stealing an outboard motor from the back of our small rescue vessel "CRV Pelorus". The 60HP motor was unbolted from the back of the rescue boat during the night and removed through a hole cut in the fence around the Mana Marina boat park.

This couldn't have come at a worse time for the Unit, and the local boating community, as our large rescue vessel Trust Porirua Rescue has been taken out of service permanently due to structural issues (more details to be provided on this soon).

This means that our primary role of "Saving lives at sea" can no longer be fulfilled. We are now stuck high and dry on land with no sea-worthy vessel to respond to callouts with. Not only are we out of service for a while, but the insurance excess is $3000 which will almost cripple our volunteer based, charitable organisation.

We hope that on a stunning day like today where there are a large number of boaties getting out on the water for the first time after the winter months that nobody runs into trouble... because we can't rescue you or your loved ones I'm sorry :(

Please help us to raise the cost of the insurance excess so that we can get our boat back on the water and saving lives as soon as possible.

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Our motto is "Saving lives at sea!" and that is what we do. We are a volunteer organisation that provides marine rescue services in the Mana (Wellington) area.

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Motor returned  2 September 2014

The stolen motor has been returned! Unbelievably, a man walked into Advance Marine in Seaview, Lower Hutt, yesterday (yes, one day after it went missing) and asked for the control box for an outboard that he'd just been sold. David from Advance Marine had only just been forwarded information about a stolen outboard from our Colleagues at Coastguard Wellington and his quick thinking meant that he was able to tell the man that he had been sold a motor that had been stolen from a Coastguard vessel. The man was not impressed and agreed to leave his contact details with David who forwarded them on to Coastguard Mana. The man then contact Coastguard Mana himself and offered to drop the motor off to us immediately, although Wellington Maritime Police ended up recovering it on our behalf with a few questions to be asked. While this is a fantastic outcome and we are all very excited and thankful, unfortunately it is still going to take at least a couple of weeks and the value of the insurance excess of $3000 to repair the damage that was done when they cut the fuel line and all the control cables (throttle, power, guages, transducer, etc). The money that you have all donated to our Givealittle cause will still be necessary even with the motor returned and I can assure you that these funds will go directly to the cost of repairs. We would like to thank all those involved in the search and recovery of this invaluable piece of Search and Rescue equipment as well as all those that have helped share the information around and donated. Your help is very much appreciated. Now we can get back to saving lives at sea!

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Private Donor
Private Donor on 09 Sep 2014
A bit skint, because I've just spent as much as you need for your boat on a sofa! Feeling guilty because that sofa will never save anyone..... Here's 20 bucks towards the excess
Roy Bowden
Roy Bowden on 09 Sep 2014
Such a comfort to know you are there. Such selfishness by those who damage equipment
M Newman-Hall
M Newman-Hall on 08 Sep 2014
Rob Hodgson
Rob Hodgson on 05 Sep 2014
Keep up the good work guys. I hope I never need you...
Nola Louk
Nola Louk on 04 Sep 2014
All the best Guys. Hope all goes well for the repair of your outboard Motor

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This campaign started on 1 Sep 2014 and ended on 30 Sep 2014.