VANDALS have put lives at risk by removing throw lines from the banks of the River Strule in Omagh.
It has emerged that several of the emergency lines have gone missing at Hunter’s Crescent in recent weeks.
Omagh PSNI highlighted the danger last week, as more people would have been tempted to the riverbanks during the recent heatwave over the last two weeks.
The PSNI’s local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been carrying out a number of patrols of the area in effort to protect the life-saving equipment, whiuch has since been replaced.
“The Council has placed a number of emergency throw lines along this stretch of the river and carry out checks on a regular basis to make sure that these are properly maintained and ready to use should they be needed,” said the PSNI.
“Unfortunately a number have gone missing over the last few weeks. This is not just theft; it is wholly irresponsible as well.
“These are life-savers and should be treated with the same respect as defibrillators and fire-extinguishers. Thankfully there were no issues and all of the throw-lines were present and correct. Please help us to keep it that way.”
District councillor Stephen McCann appealed for those behind the removals of the lines, to consider the potential implications.
“I would simply say to those people who would tamper with the lines to stop, you could be putting a life in danger. And if anyone spots someone messing about with these lines, then they must contact the PSNI.”