Beached boats continue to plague Oak Bay shore

Police respond to various concerns raised about boats along local beaches

Work undertaken on this beached sailboat concerned a local resident but police say no contaminants are fouling the beach. Police will continue to monitor the shoreline for derelict vessels left above high tide.

Work undertaken on this beached sailboat concerned a local resident but police say no contaminants are fouling the beach. Police will continue to monitor the shoreline for derelict vessels left above high tide.

Boats beached on the weekend were expected afloat once tides rose, say Oak Bay Police.

Two boats, both owned and occupied, were beached when the tide went out, said Deputy Chief Kent Thom.

A concerned resident called police who went out to chat with the owner of the larger boat.

They found the owner had allowed the boat to beach as he prepares to sell the long-time live-aboard in the face of health issues with his wife.

“He’s just doing some maintenance. There’s no paint being spilled on the beach or anything,” Thom said Monday morning.

“Both boats should be moved as soon as the tide comes back in.”

The concern is just one Oak Bay faces along the shoreline, but among the issues they nibble away at.

For instance, several boats up against the bank nestled into the shrubbery are already under the eye of the municipality and province.

“They’ve been there for years and they’re derelict. There’s always an issue with the cost of removing them and the jurisdiction. … All throughout the summer we do marine patrols with the RCMP along the water,” Thom said. “We’re going to enter into some discussions with the RCMP members, they’re very knowledgable of ownership of vessels on the water.”

As always, those conversations include provincial, federal and local authorities as waterways and shorlines have mixed jurisdiction.

However, the municipality has control over, and clears out, the beaches as a matter of routine, pulling dinghies and other small vessels left above high tide.

In addition to the regular signage at high-use areas, the district bylaw officer often issues a warning and tries to find the owners. The vessels are then removed by the municipality and left for pick-up at the police office at 1703 Monterey Ave.

“The municipality last said there are about 14 small craft they’re going to be bringing in and storing here,” Thom said.

“It’s not an easy fix it’s just something we chip away at a little at a time.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An Oak Bay Police officer handed out five tickets for “fail to obey stop sign” and two tickets for using a cell phone while driving, all within two hours at King George Terrace on Jan. 11. (Oak Bay Police Twitter)
Man confronts unmasked group at Oak Bay Marina

Oak Bay police issue plenty of tickets in short King George Terrace visit

Construction in Oak Bay is nearly all focused on rebuilding new single-family homes and without secondary suites. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Oak Bay nears regulation of secondary suites

Preliminary report hints there’s no preferred option

NEW CUTLINE Pacific FC fans fill the stands during a game at the former Westhills Stadium
 Starlight Developments has purchased the naming rights from the City of Langford for the next 10 years.(Gazette file photo)

Pacific FC slid into third place in the league after defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 at Westhills Stadium on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Langford sells stadium naming rights for $500,000 to Starlight Developments

10-year sponsorship deal largest in the history of Langford, says mayor

A 45-metre tall call tower is proposed for Westhills Stadium. (Black Press Media file photo)
New cell tower proposed for Westhills Stadium in Langford

Tower will increase capacity in congested network: staff report

Victoria Police Department vehicles outside the headquarters building. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bastion Square attack leaves victim with life-altering injuries

Victoria police looking for witnesses, information

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Trees destroyed a Shoreacres home during a wind storm Jan. 13, 2021. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay woman flees just before tree crushes house

Pamala DeRosa is thankful to be alive

Gin, one of the Kantymirs’ two sheep. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sheep start up ATV, sit in cars and go for walks in Salmon Arm

Until they bought two sheep, Ken and Karleen Kantymir didin’t realize just how social the animals are

Heather Lucier, a pastor at Kelowna Harvest Fellowship, speaks to an RCMP officer outside of Harvest Ministries on Sunday, Jan. 10. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna church fined 2nd time for violating public health order

Harvest Ministries in Kelowna has previously said they will fight the tickets in court

Emma Nunn from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad waits at the summit of Mount Arrowsmith for the rest of the AVRS rope rescue team on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVE POULSEN, AVRS)
UPDATE: Injured hiker among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons was appointed to the NDP cabinet as minister of social development and poverty reduction after the October 2020 B.C. election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. job training fund increased for developmentally disabled

COVID-19 has affected 1,100 ‘precariously employed’ people

B.C. driver’s licence and identity cards incorporate medical services, but the passport option for land crossings is being phased out. (B.C. government)
B.C. abandons border ID cards built into driver’s licence

$35 option costing ICBC millions as demand dwindles

Submitted photo of Town Park C Block apartment fire.
Apartment fire in Port Hardy forces residents to jump from building

‘Multiple people were transported to the hospital with injuries from falling’

2nd in-school violence incident in Mission, B.C, ends in arrest

RCMP notified of local Instagram page with videos (now deleted) showing student assaults, bullying

Most Read