After enduring two attacks by vandals, the Tay Street lifeguard tower in Mount Maunganui is back up and running, thanks to some generosity from a local builder.
Cole Carmichael of Proform Homes turned up yesterday and installed a new work bench to replace the one broken last week.
Surf Life Saving Eastern Region Lifesaving manager Leigh Sefton says Cole got in touch via Facebook.
“I shared the SunLive story on our Facebook page, and Cole made a comment that he'd love to come and fix it.”
Leigh says it was fantastic for Cole to do it, especially during his holiday break, and at his own cost in materials.
Cole says it was a pretty straightforward job.
“I went and met Leigh first, got all the measurements, bought the materials and made it in my workshop. The install was the easy part – it only took 30 or 40 minutes,” says Cole.
“When they were climbing through the window they put all their weight on the old benchtop, which snapped it in half. I've made this one out of 21mm ply, so it won't be breaking again.”
He had his 11 year-old son Cory helping him out too, which made the job easier.
“He works with me in the holidays, and gives me a hand when he can. He was a good help yesterday.”
He hopes that this it, and no one disrupts the tower anymore.
Leigh says the glass has also been repaired, and a second-hand ladder sourced.
“Initially we thought the ladder was missing. But it was broken in half, and half of it was buried, with the other half having been thrown through the window. It was completely wrecked.”
The tower is now fully functional again, though, and hopefully will stay that way.
As for the vandals, Leigh thinks he's nailed the description of them.
“They're brainless idiots. Now the story has gone far and wide, hopefully people will keep an eye on the tower and if they see anything suspicious, call the police.”