MIXED DAY: The Ballina Jet Boat Rescue and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crews at their training day on Sunday and, below, some of the damage to the cars owned by volunteers from Ballina Jet Boat Rescue.
MIXED DAY: The Ballina Jet Boat Rescue and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crews at their training day on Sunday and, below, some of the damage to the cars owned by volunteers from Ballina Jet Boat Rescue. Ballina Jet Boat Rescue

Vandals hit Jet Boat crew's cars during training exercise

WHILE volunteers from the Ballina Jet Boat Rescue crew were involved in a search and rescue training exercise on Sunday, vandals damaged two members' cars.

Garry Meredith from the rescue crew said it was disappointing.

"We had a large search and rescue exercise in Ballina on the weekend involving Marine Rescue, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, Ballina Jet Boat and NSW Water Police," Mr Meredith said.

"Saturday was a full day of theory.

"On Sunday we had the practical training. The helicopter dropped three mannequins into the water and we had to find them.

"We got the first one within 45 minutes and picked up the last one three hours later near Broadwater."

The jet boat volunteers were shocked to return to their shed in Regatta Ave on Sunday afternoon to find two of their cars had been damaged using keys.

"Unfortunately not every community member is appreciative of our service," Mr Meredith said.

"It's thousands of dollars worth of damage to these vehicles, which the guys now have to pay for."

The Richmond Local Area Command Facebook page states: "The damage incurred to the vehicles amounted to approximately $10,000 as both cars were maliciously keyed from front to back."

Police are investigating and anyone with information should contact Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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