The owner of a vintage model aeroplane is devastated after it was stolen while being flown at Bolton-le-Sands, said police.
It was the first time in 10 years that William Bury had decided to fly his plane.
He was half a mile out on the sands of the bay with his aeroplane when it came down.
By the time he reached the shore the aeroplane had been taken.
William, 79, of Lancaster Road, Morecambe, said: “It’s like losing a member of the family. I made the model aeroplane myself out of balsa wood in 1966. You put your heart and soul into it.
“I searched for it for a few hours and with me having a heart condition I was in a bit of a state. I could do without all the trauma. The plane itself is worth around £40. It was a good flyer and it is an excellent hobby but sometimes things go wrong.
“I don’t think I’ve got much chance of getting it back now.”
The 1966 aircraft is a red plane with yellow wings and an Amco 87 Mk1 engine attached. The owner’s details are clearly written onto the side of the aircraft.
The owner was flying the aircraft, which has a 48 inch wingspan, on the sands of Bolton-le-Sands near St Nicholas Lane on June 30 when it went down, and it is believed to have been picked up by a member of the public.
PC Byrony Fell said: “I am eager to return this aircraft to the owner due to its sentimental value. I would urge anyone with any information about its whereabouts to contact the police. It is a very distinctive vintage model which would stand out to people.
“If the person who has picked this aircraft up could contact the police, I am sure we could sort this matter out amicably.”
Anybody with any information can call police on 101 quoting ref BB1407261 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.