Coolum Police are seeking assistance in relation to alleged wilfull damage caused to a Lifesaving Emergency Beacon. The lifesaving camera has been stolen just six months after it was placed at the site. The emergency beacon trailer was damaged by vandals and its monitoring camera stolen late last week. The trailer was located at beach access 94, where two drownings had occurred in recent years.
The “eyes on the beach” technology allows Surf Lifesaving Queensland to constantly monitor the beach remotely, keeping swimmers and board riders safe.
Jacob Thomson, Duty Officer from Surf Life Saving Queensland said that the area is an unpatrolled section of beach.
“We have had a drowning here in this exact spot and the purpose was to have eyes in the area,”
“We really don’t know why people would target equipment meant to save lives. It is really disappointing and is a set-back for us and could put peoples lives at risk.”
Officer in Charge of Coolum Police Station, Senior Sergeant Hardy Wirth, said these style of acts of vandalism, that risk lives are not the norm for Coolum nor are they welcome.
“We seek the public’s assistance in locating those responsible,”
“It may be someone you know that could need that vital piece of equipment to allow Emergency Services to respond appropriately,”
“If you have any information please contact Crime Stoppers, Policelink or Coolum Police quoting the QP1802005181,”
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.
Quote this reference number: QP1802005181