Officers from Bembridge Coastguard arrived at the station on Beachfield Road earlier today (Sunday) to find their communications not working correctly.
It was soon discovered that damage had been caused to the station’s VHF aerial – a vital piece of equipment that is used to communicate with vessels off the coast of the Isle of Wight and Solent Coastguard on the mainland.
According to the team, it appears persons unknown have attempted to remove cables and a lightning conductor from the roof.
Thankfully, the individuals responsible failed to make off with the metal.
Taking to social media, Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team have said:
“This is totally unacceptable behaviour and it could have left us with limited comms”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting SD-6675-21-444-00.