The Dead Boat Society is working with various levels of government to clean up six boats that washed up in Cadboro Bay over the weekend. (Courtesy of Jerry Donaldson)

Six boat wrecks wash up on Cadboro Bay beaches over the weekend

Dead Boat Society working with Oak Bay, Saanich to clear derelict boats

Half a dozen derelict boats washed ashore in Cadboro Bay over the weekend, leaving local organizations and jurisdictions scrambling to organize a clean up.

The boats appeared on both the Saanich and Oak Bay sides of the bay after a weekend of heavy wind – southeast gusts up to 80 km/h hit Greater Victoria on Saturday, leaving thousands of Islanders without power, including 224 Oak Bay customers.

Eric Dahli, Dead Boat Society co-founder and chair of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association says at least four boats have washed up and two have sunk. At least one boat is leaking gasoline into the water.

READ ALSO: Saanich recognizes Dead Boat Society lead for helping clean up Cadboro Bay

“This many boats is very unusual,” he said. “It was a fairly significant storm.”

Dahli speculated that some of the boat owners could have been new to Cadboro Bay and not familiar with the windy conditions there.

“It’s very windy, very shallow and has a sandy bottom,” he said. “Therefore, one must let out an incredible amount of rope and chain so the boat remains secure.”

The Dead Boat Society says the mooring line wore off one of six boats washed up near Cadboro Bay over the weekend. (Courtesy of Jerry Donaldson)

The Dead Boat Society has been in touch with the District of Oak Bay, the District of Saanich and the Coast Guard, but the clean-up process is complex and multi-jurisdictional. Municipal, provincial and federal governments each have control over separate portions of oceans and shorelines in the area.

Dahli notes that one boat is on the border between Oak Bay and Saanich, further complicating the clean up.

The Society first works to find the owners of the boats, but often registration numbers come back without names or contact information. At that point the derelict vessels must be re-registered.

“It’s a very, very long process,” Dahli said. “And in the meantime sadly, those boats are up on the beach. Our job is to do whatever we can to bring together all the various levels of government … to get everyone together, singing from the same song sheet in order to get the bay clean.”

READ ALSO: Derelict trimaran removed from Oak Bay waters

Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch echoed the frustration of boat clean-up bureaucracy. For the most part, the District’s hands are tied, he said, adding it’s likely that – as they have in the past – the District will provide in-kind funds, equipment and personnel to help get the boats off the beach and out of the water.

He says the bigger question is the enforcement of proper mooring and the ability to get derelict boats out of the water before they wash ashore – something Oak Bay does not have the jurisdiction to do.

“There are significant environmental concerns – gas tanks and sewage and all kinds of waste,” Murdoch said. “This is definitely outside of our municipal jurisdiction. We’re filling the gaps that should be managed by the federal government.

“It’s a frustrating thing I think for everyone, for neighbours, for the people on the boats, the people on the shoreline and for the municipality as a whole.”

READ ALSO: Dead Boats Society moving towards 100 wreckages removed from the Salish Sea



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

derelict boats

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

Just Posted

View Royal teen inspired by pandemic creates thermal camera from scratch

14-year-old plans to make 10 touchless hand sanitizers for schools

‘I’ve fallen through the cracks’: Victoria woman calls herself new face of homelessness

Tonya Alton has had to move almost ten times since a ‘wrongful eviction’ in March

20-storey hotel proposed for downtown Victoria

Wintergarden Hotel proposed for block of Blanshard Street between Fort and View streets

UPDATED: Young deckhands backed out of fatal Arctic Fox II trip just before fishboat departed

Inexperienced twin brothers had ‘gut feeling’ and bailed before going to open ocean

Police investigating alleged assault on Oak Bay Avenue

Staff at Oak Bay Home Hardware say one person was taken to hospital

B.C. records new COVID-19 death, 85 more cases; Horgan calls on celebrity help

This brings the total number of active confirmed cases to 531 across the province

Horvat scores 2 as Vancouver Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in NHL playoff opener

Game 2 in best-of-seven series goes Friday night

Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation

Protestors outside North Island MLA’s office ask government to stop old-growth logging

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

High-volume littering at Cape Scott draws ire from hiking groups

Popular Vancouver Island hiking spot not closing, but frustration about crowding grows

SFU to drop ‘Clan’ varsity team name

The ‘Clan’ name is shortened from ‘Clansmen,’ and was introduced roughly 55 years ago

New Tory leader must build a strong team in Commons and for the campaign: Scheer

Scheer marked his final day in the House of Commons today as leader of the Opposition

B.C. to hire 500 more COVID-19 contact tracers ahead of fall

Contract tracers add an ‘extra layer’ in the fight against the novel coronavirus

Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

Money can be used to battle food insecurity and support children and mental health

Most Read