The damage was caused to the L200 Mitsubishi vehicle and signage at the temporary lifeboat station on Knightstone Island last week. The volunteer RNLI crew are very grateful after they were offered help to repair the damage.
After hearing about the vandalism following an appeal for information on BBC Radio Bristol, Neil Damant Shailer of NSSR Ltd in Weston, made contact with the station team to offer help. Neil works in partnership with Carbase and together the offer was made to complete the work.
In addition to repairing the damage caused by the vandalism, the team also took the opportunity to fix other cosmetic damage on the vehicle that has been caused during the truck’s service.
The L200 is used for important life-saving operations at the lifeboat station. It is regularly used for collecting fuel for the lifeboats, transporting equipment and attending emergencies on the beachfront.
The RNLI is funded solely from the generosity of public donations so money that is planned for vital equipment and supplies would have been needed to pay for the damage. With NSSR Ltd and Carbase stepping in to provide the repairs without a fee, valuable funds have been saved that can now be used towards doing what the volunteer RNLI crews do best, saving lives at sea.
Lifeboat Operations Manager at the Weston RNLI station, Mike Buckland said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support shown from the community, with numerous offers to help us repair the damage that was caused’.
‘It is heart-warming to know that there is an army of volunteers in the community ready to help in our own time of need. I would like to say a huge thank-you to all those who offered help and a special thank-you to Neil and his team at NSSR Ltd and Carbase who have gone above and beyond in their generosity to get our L200 back in service’.
It is believed that the damaged was caused between 12pm on Sunday 23 September and 7pm on Tuesday 25 September.
Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call Glyn Hayes on 07774 181418, or contact the station via instant messenger on their Facebook social media page.
RNLI Weston Boathouse Manager, Richard Spindler MBE with the team from NSSR Ltd and Carbase alongside the repaired L200 vehicle.