This photo courtesy of Ian Hinkle shows the two boats that came off their anchor spots following Wednesday’s windstorm. Note the second, sunken boat just behind the boat near the shoreline. Credit: Ian Hinkle

Boat strands in Saanich’s Cadboro Bay

A local sailor familiar with Cadboro Bay says time appears of essence in recovering a boat that sank following Wednesday’s windstorm.

The boat — one of two boats that drifted off their original anchor spots following Wednesday’s windstorm — lies in about 11 feet of water with most of it below the surface. Only a section of mast sticks out of the water, just metres away from the location of the second boat. It in turn lies just metres away from the shore, partially in the water.

“The time to get [the sunken boat], is today, before it breaks up,” said Ian Hinkle, Thursday afternoon. “We can do it cheaply and quickly.”

Hinkle estimated it would take about $500 for C-Tow to lift the vessel. “It is a problem, but if we don’t do it now, it is going to get embedded in the mud and break up,” he said. “If they [boats] are left and then months go by, we end up with a disaster. And then, it is going to cost a lot of money. We think we can still float those boats.”

Part of the problem lies in the muddled jurisdiction for Cadboro Bay. The bottom of the ocean is provincial responsibility, the water above it federal jurisdiction.

“Canada needs to take that federal leadership,” he said. “If you were Florida, C-Tow would have already towed those boats off.”

Individual groups could recover the boats on their dime, then receive the money back from the federal government, he said. But this process could take months, he said.

“When there is a car accident, community groups don’t have to get together to raise the money [to clean up the accident],” said Hinkle. “That is where we have a fundamental problem.”

Hinkle made these comments as various groups are responding to the aftermath of Wednesday’s windstorm.

Eric Dahli, president of the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association, said the Canadian Coast Guard has examined both boats including the sunken boat for any potential spills. “They went down to examine both boats,” he said. “I haven’t heard anything, so in this situation, I’m thinking, ‘no news is good news.’”

Ownership of both boats remains unknown, said Dahli.

Wednesday’s incidents are the latest involving abandoned or derelict boats following heavy weather. In fact, both boats side within metres of an abandoned boat that had first drifted into late January almost exactly a month ago.

“Hopefully, it will be gone,” said Dahli.

Just Posted

Saanich set to crack down on overnight camping in parks

Local community leader says new measures promise to protect Cuthbert Holmes Park

Victoria woman to cycle Portugal as winner of BC Bike to Work Week

Malene Foyd logged 49km cycling to work with the Ministry of Environment; “I always bike to work, rain or shine.”

Chronic disease no obstacle for ultra-cyclist

Cross-Canada ride raises funds for Crohn’s disease

Victoria man in custody after downtown stabbing

Officers arrested suspect without incident, hours after afternoon stabbing

New kitchen for Mustard Seed built by volunteers

Members of HeroWork spent nearly a month building a new processing kitchen in Esquimalt

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

WEB POLL: Should illegal immigrants be separated from their children?

Should illegal immigrants be separated from their children?… Continue reading

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

Late Bellingham homer sinks HarbourCats at home

Visiting Bells take two of three West Coast League games in Victoria, Cats off to Walla Walla

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Saanich mayor says results of amalgamation referendum are not predictive

Mayor Richard Atwell warns against reading too much into the outcome of… Continue reading

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

Most Read