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Old 19 August 2014, 11:43   #11
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Don't want to seem like I'm defending the t**ts who did this but dya think they thought... "Oh lets shove that boat out and see if we can spark off a multi-million pound search" or dya think they used the boat for whatever purpose to get where they wanted and thought - "if we push it off here it might get back to roughly where we got it from and they wont link it to us..."

Not sure what crime they have committed... theft seems the most obvious. Pretty sure community payback orders are allowed for theft. While its not a slap, 10 days of unpaid work feels to me like it should make a bigger impact than a smack across the back of the head... think thats needed when they are much younger to make them think of consequences to actions...

I have to agree with the last sentence!!! Why is it that very few (young adults) as they like to call themselves have no idea of the Consequences of there actions.
I would like to think that I would of not even considered taking someone's tender without asking never mind leaving it adrift with the engine running without a thought.

I wonder if the parents are the same people who allowed there children to throw stones at my rib last year just because it was moored in there range of fire in the Helford River!!

I wonder if Alcohol was also involved?
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Old 19 August 2014, 11:43   #12
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Not sure what they were thinking...but it wasn't their property to play with in the first place.

No excuse for what happened and I hope the perpetrators get suitably punished, but I'd ensure my boat was immobilised before leaving it -even on a pontoon - keys out, killcord & spare away, battery isolation key removed - and if for any length of time fuel off as well - why make it easy for someone else?
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Borrowing tenders/ribs, fine, at least the culprits get a benefit from doing it! Especially if they put them back. No harm done I guess.

Releasing them with engine running is just dangerous, vandalism, mindless and down right pathetic. As seen, look at the consequences, cost, time etc of rescue services.

This is where corporal punishment would be useful as the punishment even if caught is basically nothing. They need a good slap.
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No excuse for what happened and I hope the perpetrators get suitably punished, but I'd ensure my boat was immobilised before leaving it -even on a pontoon - keys out, killcord & spare away, battery isolation key removed - and if for any length of time fuel off as well - why make it easy for someone else?
That is a good point. I don't leave my car with the ignition key dangling because if I do it won't surprise be that some t*#*#r will borrow it...

I'm assuming this is a small Rib used as a tender, so manual start, no keys, no battery.

But should have a KC. If its one that can be over ridden I'd be changing it. Few nyaffs will carry a spare. Although some may be handy with some string..

I'd also want to lock something... Engine in up pos maybe?
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but dya think they thought... "Oh lets shove that boat out and see if we can spark off a multi-million pound search"
quite probably...after several decades in a cg team I've been out for numerous false alarms for flares fired from the shore etc and several false vhf cries for help. One vhf call was a boat on fire. We turned out and could see no target to send a lifeboat to and our flank station started his search up the coast at a local boat club. The first boat name he saw in the compound next to the beach was that of the vessel allegedly in distress but of course we still had to satisfy ourselves that nobody was actually in danger. They are not all locked up, too many of 'em are out there happy to get their kicks watching helicopters, lifeboats and others waste their time and effort, whilst sat watching on the sea wall with a can in their hand.
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