Police Investigate Missing IFCA Boat

quay wide viewSt Mary’s police are investigating the disappearance of one of the boats belonging to Scilly’s Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

The 13ft open punt, an Orkney, was taken from a pontoon at the quay sometime between Saturday 5th and Tuesday 8th December.

The boat also had a Mariner outboard attached.

St Mary’s police say it was secured with a line and they think it’s unlikely that it broke free.

Deputy Harbourmaster Alan Hartwell told Radio Scilly that the area where the punt was last seen is covered by the harbour’s closed circuit TV system and staff are looking at footage, but there is a lot to go through.

If you have information you have been asked to contact St Mary’s police.


Update Saturday 12th December 2015: The St Mary’s Harbour Team says the  IFCA punt has now been found although it’s no longer seaworthy and the engine has spent four days underwater.

5 Responses to Police Investigate Missing IFCA Boat

  1. tied up properly December 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Clipped on the pontoon it was .
    One Carabiner is not enough to leave a boat “tied up” These things have and do come undone all on their own.
    Always best to double up a clip line with a good old fashioned knot to avoid the embarrassment of loosing ones dinghy/punt

    • Jann December 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      A “Clip Line ” is the height of laziness. Should be at least two lines this time of year, tied on with knots, (hence the expression “I tied the boat up proper like officer”)
      would have to learn some knots first I guess as I see the RiB is also just “clipped” on to the mooring buoy, that will the next thing to be “stolen”
      Mr Slippery hitch exonerated, Mr Fresh Wind and laziness in Court now!!

  2. S Holmes December 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    How many places are there to hide it? I imagine that it might be noticed if it were to be taken to an off-island. Obviously a case for Interpol or Facebook.

  3. Jann December 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    That should read “it most likely broke free”, with the weather (wind and sea) we had over those days!
    Why was it not check on regularly? If you have a boat on the water this time of year (winter) you check regular, weather is not a five day week event.

    • Jann December 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      ……so after exxxxxtenisve Police inquiries Mr “Slippery Hitch” will be “tied up” in interviews for the “crime” and “coiled down” behind the new cell doors, “knot” let out until he “pays out some slack” for the crime. Hopefully not at a “loose end” for too long.
      Well fathomed out….??