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Disabled Surf School's Stricken Landrover Targeted By Looters
3:04pm 8th August 2013
A Cornish disabled surf school has been targeted by looters, after its landrover was submerged by the rising tide in Newquay.
Free Surf's truck and trailer were trying to leave Great Western Beach yesterday afternoon, but could not make it through crowds of beachgoers.
The vehicles were soon swamped by the rising tide, although a passing trawler was able to tow the trailer to shore.
Around two thousands pounds worth of kit was then stolen from the stricken landrover, including wetsuits, surfboards and radios.
Mark Hill, Director of Freedom Surf, said: "For those people that have been looting for trinkets or whichever, they haven't stolen from me personally, my opinion is they've stolen from disabled people. I do think that's actually quite unforgivable.
"I couldn't quite believe it to be honest. I was absolutely disgusted. The fact that I've had to come down and sit there all night guarding the truck. You know, I actually have a six year old son, he's actually quite upset.
"Some of the people that I taught through the day, one child with Down's Syndrome, he's been crying his eyes out."
The truck also rolled onto it's side meaning a specialist disabled ramp at the rear was destroyed and it has been deemed a write-off.
Mr Hill has told Pirate Free Surf is now facing a "make or break" situation, and the prospect of having to cancel a number of lessons during the summer holidays.
Free Surf is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2006 for people with disabilities.
You can find more information visit www.freedomsurf.org or call 07530 888938.
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