There is a problem with lifebuoys going missing from around Lough Derg, Newport area councillors heard. Cllr Phyll Bugler urged that they carry an Inland Waterways logo so people will know they have been stolen.
She also called for a yellow box to be painted on the slipway at Ballina to prevent motorists from blocking the search and rescue services entering the water.
She was supported by Cllr Jonathan Meaney.
Area engineer Michael Hayes reported that he was in Ballina recently and he came across a jeep and trailer abandoned on the slipway while the owner was out on the water.
He said he beleived that all lifebuoys were marked with the words “Stolen Lifebuoy”.