On Monday morning a number of boats in Purteen Harbour on Achill Island were broken into with vital equipment stolen. A total of six boats were targeted with items stolen and serious damage done. One boat has sank as a result of the thefts.
The trawler Bláth na hÓige had its deck pump stolen which resulted in the boat sinking when the tide came in Monday morning, flooding the boat causing around €15,000 of damage and seriously impacting on the livelihood of the owner Michael Connaghan.
Five other vessels had also been broken into and among the items stolen include petrol cans, oilskins, searchlights and life jackets.
Talking to Mayo News Gerry Hassett of the Purteen Harbour Fisherman’s Group said “Last year Michael refurbished the boat and he’ll have to do it all again. This is his livelihood and always has been. The boat was his pride and joy for 30 years and he has always looked after it, and kept it manicured. He came down to the harbour around half eight and rang me and said his boat has sunk. He was sickened.”
The local community is shocked and angered at why anyone would do this and Garda are calling for anyone who has seen anything suspicious or been offered any of these items in suspect circumstances to please contact the Achill Garda Station on 09820830 or Westport Garda Station on 09850230.