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RNLI say graffiti attack on lifeguard unit 'worst damage they've ever seen'

The RNLI has said a recent vandalism attack on one of their lifeguard units in Northern Ireland is the worst they've fallen victim to since the service began.

The RNLI beach lifeguard unit at Portstewart on the Causeway Coast was covered with graffiti over the weekend.

It's thought the damage happened on Sunday night.  National Trust and Council signage was also damaged.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Karl O’Neill said: "This is the worst damage I have ever seen to RNLI property and it is so disheartening to come down here after what was a busy summer season for our lifeguards who worked hard to keep everyone visiting the beach safe, to see that vandals have completely covered the unit with paint which will be very difficult to remove.

"This shows a complete disregard for the lifesaving work that we do and also for the fact that the RNLI is a charity which relies on the generosity of the public to fund our equipment."

The RNLI estimates the repairs will cost up to £500 for the charity.

The RNLI is working closely with the police who are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Karl added: "Can we please appeal to those doing this damage to be mindful that the RNLI is a charity and that our lifeguards provide a rescue service to the public that saves lives from the beach to the open sea.

"We want them to be able to continue to do that safely and with peace of mind."

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