BUTLER CO., Ohio (FOX19) - You may not be thinking about going out on the river and doing some fishing during the cold weather, but according to a local rowing club, one of their jon boats is missing.
They say it could turn up on the river or at a recycling center.
“I think it was someone who wanted a boat and they saw they could get one,” Great Miami Crew Board Member and Coach Kristina Latta-Landefeld said.
Great Miami Crew is a non-profit promoting fun, education, and competition on the Great Miami River in Hamilton.
A couple of days ago, they discovered a large hole had been cut in their fence used for storage and that one of their safety launch boats was missing.
“For those safety launches to be on the water, it allows coaches to give instruction. It allows them, if there is bad weather, to get them out of harms way,” Latta-Landefeld explained. “And then certainly if someone fell out of the boat or the boat were to flip, they could get them to safety.”
The boat was only a couple of years old and cost several thousand dollars.
This is just another financial strain on the club, which will need to relocate soon due to construction in the area.
“We are in a search for a new home,” Latta-Landefeld continued. “So in terms of moving all of this, it was going to be at a great expense anyways to have to pick up the fence and move it. So we’re looking at what are our options.”
The boat is about 14′ long and made of aluminum.
Latta-Landefed says they have alerted recycling centers to the serial number of the missing boat in the event someone turns the boat in for scrap metal.
Even though this is a minor setback for the rowers, they were also touched to see the support from people in the community.
A business nearby says they do have surveillance of the incident. They are working with police to hope to identify the people or person who is responsible for this.
You can learn more about how to help Great Miami Crew at this link.
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