Defibrillator stolen from coastguard station

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2016

Coastguard Andy Hughes with the replacement defibrillator.

Coastguard Andy Hughes with the replacement defibrillator.

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A defibrillator in Clevedon was stolen and found dumped in Marine Lake just one week after it was installed.

The life-saving piece of equipment, worth more than £200,000, was installed at Clevedon Coastguard Station in The Promenade on November 4 but it was taken overnight on Saturday before being found by a walker on Sunday morning.

Station officer Andy Hughes said: “It had only been up for a week and a bit and had already been used once to try to save somebody so it has already been proved as a valuable resource.

“Somebody overnight had taken it apart, damaged it and threw it into Marine Lake.”

An online fundraising campaign to replace the defibrillator was started by the family of former coastguard member Andrew Matthews, who died of a cardiac arrest two years ago, who also raised the money for the original piece of equipment.

But it has now been reinstated at the station by the South Western Ambulance Service and any money raised from the appeal will go to funding defibrillators in other areas.

Avon and Somerset police are investigating the incident and anyone with information can call 101, quoting reference number 266.

Click here to donate to the Andrew Matthews AED appeal.


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