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  • Memorial relic stolen from Marine Rescue base
  • February 22, 2019

A heavy bronze propeller from an old trawler that formed a valued memorial to deceased members of Marine Rescue Shoalhaven has been stolen from the volunteer unit’s radio base at Crookhaven Heads.

The theft was discovered by members of the unit when they arrived for duty today, Deputy Unit Commander Martin Kaye said.

“It’s part of our memorial for past members,” he said.

“This is disrespectful to a volunteer emergency service and to our late colleagues who gave their time and energy to save lives on the water.

“Our volunteers usually receive immense respect and gratitude from our local community but this is a terrible blow from someone who obviously gave no thought to the impact of their actions.”

Mr Kaye said Police had been contacted.

The radio base is equipped with security cameras.

“The security footage shows two people outside the base after midnight,” he said.

“Whoever who has taken the propeller, if they are willing to bring it back and leave it here, there will be no questions asked.”

The propeller sat below a plaque in memory of “volunteers who have crossed the bar”, a reference to a classic poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who compares death with crossing a sandbar and putting out to sea.

From the old Pilot House at Crookhaven Heads, MR Shoalhaven volunteers watch over the Crookhaven Bar and monitor marine radio.

The unit’s two rescue boats are based at Greenwell Point.


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