raised at Burnham Sailing Club after boat mooring ropes cut
has been stepped up at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons this
week after vandals cut two sets of boat mooring ropes, leaving them
to drift in the estuary.
Walker, Pontoon Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "At some
time overnight from last Sunday into Monday morning, the old pilot
boat 'Watchet', which has been the club's 'dredger' until recently,
was untied from its berth on our small maintenance pontoon."
boat then was free to float off when the tide came in that morning.
Fortunately it was quiet weather wise and the vessel floated only
gently towards the boats opposite on the main pontoon system, one
of which is the current pilot boat."
luck would have it one of our members was on the riverbank early
and saw what was happening."
came to tell me and I immediately went down to assess any possible
damage and retrieve the situation."
then discovered that the substantial mooring rope, a continuous
length of 100ft, which had been intricately secured to several mooring
points, had been removed completely and stolen by the perpetrator
the event, though the 'Watchet' had reached the opposite boats,
it lay gently alongside without doing any damage but it could have
been so much worse."
Friday morning a team went down to the pontoons as the tide was
coming in intending to move some boats around and discovered to
their horror that our new dredger 'Brue Blaster' had been cut from
its moorings on the sea wall and the maintenance pontoon system
leaving it to float across to the main pontoon system also threatening
those same boats nearby."
length was stolen once again and the other just left hanging from
the craft. Luckily we were there as the dredger, a very heavy and
angular steel craft, began to float so were able to run to the main
pontoon system to avert any collision that might have occurred;
this would certainly have caused major damage to those boats had
a collision happened."
these incidents would seem to have been perpetrated by the same
person(s) in the early hours and can only be viewed as deliberate
acts of vandalism and theft."