A recent incident involving a Club Marine member’s stolen boat serves to underline the maxim that crime just doesn’t pay. At least not when it involves a large boat and plenty of observant locals.
Club Marine posse tracks down stolen Riviera - Club Marine posse tracks down stolen Riviera
When staff at Soldiers Point Marina on NSW’s central coast noticed a 50ft Riviera Sports Cruiser with a distinctive dark blue hull missing from its berth under suspicious circumstances, they immediately alerted the boat’s owners, who then contacted Club Marine.
With the marina staff also alerting police, Club Marine NSW State Manager Corey Yeung formed a ‘posse’, including Crime Stoppers NSW MD, Peter Price and Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner, Stacey Tannos. Both organisations wasted no time mobilising and the search for the missing boat was on in earnest.
Club Marine’s extensive network of local marine industry contacts also proved helpful, providing crucial information about the route the thieves had taken. One tip even came from fishing-identity and Club Marine contributor, Al McGlashan’s Facebook page, with a reader responding to Al’s blog by posting his sighting of '… a big blue vessel that did fly past at about 7am … it caused a massive wake, washing away my knife and soaking me.'
The outcome was that the Riviera was found within 24 hours of being reported stolen and was returned to its owners the following day. According to a first report by the assessor, the boat suffered only minor scratches to the starboard side of the hull and to the platform-mounted PWC, as well as some damage to a 240V shore power lead that appeared to have been entangled in the Zeus drives.
Club Marine National Claims Manager, Phil Johnson is pleased at the speedy recovery of the Riviera and said: 'It just goes to show how rapidly a situation such as this theft can be resolved when Club Marine’s extensive claims and support network is set into action.'
Police are still investigating the theft and are yet to press charges.