Surrey Search and Rescue are hoping for a Christmas miracle, after Grinch-like thieves made off with a “significant” amount of crucial equipment.
The team says thieves broke into their vehicle compound and stole a generator and an outboard motor which is used for a small boat to do searches on the water. The generator provided light for remote location searches.
Search Manager Cameron Clark says for a volunteer team that relies on fundraising, the loss is tough.
“The estimated loss of the equipment, we’re probably looking at $5,000. There has been significant damage to two of our vehicles for people trying to pry into the vehicles.”
Clark says on top of the financial hit, the loss could actually hurt the team’s ability to respond during an emergency.
The team is now appealing to the public to help them track the gear down, in a Facebook post written “with great frustration.”
“It is especially difficult for the Search and Rescue members that work so hard to fund-raise for this rescue equipment. They give so freely, of their time to the communities to have this theft occur so close to Christmas, which is a time of giving, is a true shame.”
The team is asking anyone who might know something about the theft to report it to Surrey RCMP at 604- 507-8066.
Along with the RCMP, the team is also hoping to enlist a little help from the North Pole.
“May the thieves only get a lump of coal in their stocking this year to go along with their new rescue equipment!”