Nanaimo RCMP are asking the public to help them locate a 19-foot safety/assistance vessel that was stolen sometime overnight from the Seaplane dock.
Police said the theft likely occurred in the early morning hours of Friday.
The vessel that was stolen is a Typhoon 580 RHIB is blue with grey markings and is approximately 19 feet (5.8 metres) in length, with a 90 HP Yamaha engine attached. A number of personal flotation devices (PFDs), fire extinguishers, towing ropes, throw bags and other equipment were onboard. The hull ID is CNBHFR5802D616 and Transport Canada Register # C25994BC.
The estimated cost to replace the vessel and the equipment is between $25,000 to $30,000.
There were no keys in the vessel and police said it was moored out of the water on a specially-fitted dock.
Police also said for the vessel to have been removed, two individuals would have had to tow it behind another vessel or it could be paddled out into open water.
Anyone with information about where the vessel is can call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.