A community group has warned that lives have been put at risk after a North-east lifebelt was thrown into the sea by vandals.
Buchanhaven harbour lost one of its life-saving rings after youths were spotted playing near the mouth of the harbour.
It is thought that one of the children took the belt and pitched it into the water during the incident on Thursday.
The harbour committee has now warned people will be in danger and that it will be left out of pocket by the incident unless a benefactor comes forward.
The belts, which are meant to be used to keep a person in danger afloat while in the sea, cost about £60 each.
While the committee determines how and from where to buy a replacement, no safety equipment is available for people using the harbour.
George Cameron, the committee treasurer, said: “It’s put people’s lives at risk and people have to realise that these things aren’t put in place for kids to have fun with them.”
The committee hope to meet in the coming days to determine how to push forward with getting the device replaced.