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Vandals damage rescue vessel Jimmy Ng

The rigid hull inflatable rescue vessel Jimmy Ng was seriously damaged after a break-in at North Richmond facility. - Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society photo
The rigid hull inflatable rescue vessel Jimmy Ng was seriously damaged after a break-in at North Richmond facility.
— image credit: Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society photo

The search-and-rescue vessel Jimmy Ng was discovered vandalized Friday, rendered useless when the vessels hull was punctured and gas was poured all over it inside a secured North Richmond boat house.

Brian Hobbs, President of the the Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society, told The Richmond Review Friday night that vandals cut a front gate lock and then pried open a second locked door.

"The tubes had been punctured with a screw and gasoline had been poured all over the deck of the vessel, making it unusable for crew members," Hobbs said of the rigid hull inflatable.

Hobbs described the vandalism as "rather senseless."

The break-in was discovered during a routine daily inspection of Station 10 Richmond, Hobbs said.

The Jimmy Ng is a community-owned vessel that serves the waters around Richmond and participated in nearly 40 community events last year.

While Richmond Mounties are investigating, a $500 reward has been offered by the society for information leading to any arrests.

The Jimmy Ng was tasked to 39 search-and-rescue missions last year, about 40 per cent in support of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Anyone with information about the break in is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

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