MEMBERS of Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club arrived at the clubhouse this morning to find the shed open and their all-terrain vehicle missing.
A search of the beach found the $22,000 vehicle dumped in Coffs Creek.
Surf club president Paul Ninness said the vehicle, which was purchased with money donated by local Rotary and police, was a write-off.
"We believe the people involved jemmied open one of the main roller doors and got in that way," Mr Ninness said.
"The ATV is brand new - we purchased it for patrol for next season.
"The main inconvenience for us is it's the only all-terrain vehicle we have.
"If we get called out we don't have a vehicle to tow gear down."
Mr Ninness said a rescue board on top of the vehicle was also destroyed when the thieves drove over it.
Council workers were called to recover the vehicle, while police arrived on scene to investigate the theft.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.