Carrickmacross people have been shocked Monday by the discovery of the “meanest theft” in Ireland.
Civic and community leaders at Carrickmacross were stunned to learn that a boat, used for lake rescue operations, and the recovery of the bodies of loved ones lost in drowning tragedies, was snatched by thieves from a compound at Greaghlone Lake, near the Meath-Cavan border.
“It was a despicable theft. The entire community is disgusted,” said a local community group representative.
“The boat was a very valuable local asset. This was undoubtedly the meanest theft in the country”.
The ‘Lode Star’ branded 2.6 metre-long bright grey inflatable boat, with a blue trim, was stolen from the lake compound at the weekend, possibly in the early hours of Friday last.
“The theft of the boat greatly compromises the specialist voluntary service which these divers have provided throughout the region for many decades,” said spokesman for the local search and recovery team.
He said divers were undertaking underwater body search training on the lake over several weekends when the theft occurred.
“We are appealing to whoever took our boat to return it, or to please leave it someplace where we can collect it,” added Pat Butler, another spokesperson for the Search and Recovery Unit, who can be contacted at 087 - 2988119.
Gardai in Carrickmacross are also seeking the help of the public to locate the boat.
They would also like to hear from anybody who may have observed any suspicious activity at Greaghlone Lake, prior to the theft, and they can be contacted at 042 9661222.