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Disappointed Cork community appeals for return of stolen defibrillator

'There will be no further action taken, we just want to get it back, that’s the main thing'

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Fountainstown Community Association PRO John-Ross Hunt and Chairman Noel O'Regan pictured at the installation of the defibrillator earlier in the summer

Fountainstown Community Association PRO John-Ross Hunt and Chairman Noel O'Regan pictured at the installation of the defibrillator earlier in the summer

Fountainstown Community Association PRO John-Ross Hunt and Chairman Noel O'Regan pictured at the installation of the defibrillator earlier in the summer

A local community group in Cork is appealing to whoever took a valuable defibrillator worth 1,500 euro to return it. 

The live saving device was installed at Fountainstown Beach at the start of the summer but has since been stolen and locals say they want it back.

Fountainstown Community Association PRO John-Ross Hunt said they got a grant in April from the County Council that funded the installation of the defib and a cabinet.

“We installed it at a bus stop on what is probably one of the most popular beaches for anyone in Cork city to go to,” he said.

“It's a very, very busy beach area but there was no permanent defibrillator so we were eager to get one.

“With Covid-19 there was a big increase in the number of people visiting the area for outdoor exercise so we got it installed.

"We went for one of the unlocked cabinets because we wanted to make sure people had access to it as quickly as possible if there was an incident.

“We also had CCTV cameras installed above it and we got through the whole summer with no incidents. But unfortunately last week, between Thursday and Friday, it was stolen."

John added: “We’re just very disappointed that someone would go and take it. And we still don't know what's after happening to it.

“We just want to put the word out there, to appeal to whoever took it. Maybe it was some young people who took it as a joke, but if it is returned to us undamaged that'll be the end of it. There will be no further action taken, we just want to get it back, that’s the main thing.”

Local man Andrew Hunt told CorkBeo that the equipment that could make the difference to someone's survival in a life and death scenario.

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"We didn't have the defibrillator locked up, because obviously that would defeat the purpose of having it there in the first place, and it's sad to think that this defibrillator couldn't be kept in good condition so it’s there for us all at a beach that huge amounts of people have enjoyed over the summer," he added.

"We are hoping that if anyone has spotted it or sees it being sold somewhere, or sees it dumped nearby they can let us know, or, what would be amazing, is if anyone who is in a position to make a donation who regularly visits and enjoys the beach would help us to replace it.

"The worst thing would be if there was an emergency in the area, and now we don't have any defibrillator to help the person suffering," Andrew said.

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