Teen's tinny found after 'devastating' theft
A 14-YEAR-OLD's tinny that was taken from a riverbank has been found amongst mangroves, but not in the same condition the teenager left it in.
Angus Campbell was gutted on Friday when he returned to where he left his 3.1m tinny overnight and found it was no longer there.
He had tied it up on the riverbank on Thursday when he realised the tyre on his trailer was flat.
The teenager's mother, Caroline Campbell, received a call yesterday with a tip to where the boat was suspected to have been ditched.
"She was able to tell me where the boat was," Mrs Campbell said.
"My husband hired a tinny and found it, it was clearly stolen as it was put into drive, the ropes were undone and they drove it into mangroves.
"The motor has been destroyed but the boat is fine."
Mrs Campbell believes the publicity freaked out the culprit.
Following the original article posted on the Daily's Facebook page, residents of the Coast got behind the 14-year-old, setting up a GoFundMe page.
The fundraising page was set up by Chris Newland, who felt he had to do something when he saw the photo of Mr Campbell sitting on the shore without his boat.
The page has now raised $2155 - about the price of a new motor.
"So it worked out great," Mr Newland said.
"I'm meeting Angus and his mum on Wednesday to purchase a brand new motor.
"I was that young guy myself once, I've had boats on and off throughout my life, and I just knew how he would have felt having lost it."
Mrs Campbell said her mother had pushed her to contact the Daily in the hopes somebody would know the boats location.
She said they never expected the overwhelming support the community had shown.