The premises of the Pleasant Point Yacht Club suffered smoke and fire damage from a surmised arson at the South New Brighton Park container storage facility. Christchurch’s Pleasant Point Yacht Club’s old facilities at the Rat Island, located next to South New Brighton Bridge, were demolished in Canterbury’s earthquakes, around 5 years ago.
It made temporary facilities at the South New Brighton Park around 3 years back, utilizing 5 shipping containers for rescue boat and dinghy storage. Alastair Burgess, the club commodore, told that a suspicious fire earlier on Tuesday had induced between $10000 and $15000 of damage, and it happened as the club was attempting to save money for a brand new facility.
Burgess added that he believed that this is a pretty low-down thing to do for a community sports club who is attempting to establish a little bit of brightness and a bit of sparkle in the eastern suburbs. They have been working for the past 5 years to get them to the stage where they could make a new purpose-built yacht club in South New Brighton to back the local community as well as reinvest the funds which their club has gathered over the past ninety-five years actually in the area.
Police department stated that the suspicious fire was being probed. The three fire engines were called to the temporary base of the yacht club, off Beatty St, just after 5.20 am earlier on Tuesday.