"Selfish" thieves who broke into a lifeboat house after Christmas and stole two quad bikes have put lives at risk, Merseyside lifesavers say.
Southport Lifeboat, in Sefton, says its lifeboat house was broken into last night.
The charity says the quad bikes appear to be the only items taken - but that these had only recently been replaced. Replacing them again would cost more than £15,000.
" This selfish act has put people's lives at risk. Our quads are used on over 50% of the callouts we attend and have saved many lives along our coast," the charity said in a post on its website tonight.
"The quads allow our volunteers to access difficult areas of the beach quickly and safely, whilst carrying important life saving equipment such as first aid kits, mud rescue equipment and stretchers.
"We can only hope that our quads are not needed during this time and that nobody gets hurt because of this selfish act."