Eyesore no more

Derelict boat removed from Goose Spit

  • Apr. 27, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record staff

A derelict boat sitting on the shore at Goose Spit since January has been removed, confirmed the Comox Valley Regional District.

The boat, which started off as a catamaran, was washed ashore during a storm, coming to rest  within the RD’s water licence area.

The RD worked with the owner, who had come forward, to remove the vessel.

They had set a ‘drop dead’ date at which point they would move in and remove the vessel, and would charge the owner for removal costs.

Doug DeMarzo, manager of parks with the CVRD, told The Record in March he couldn’t confirm a specific date, but noted it is sometime in April to align just before the RD’s fire season.

The CVRD confirmed the owner conducted partial removal and the district handled the final clean-up, and is billing the owner for the final costs.

Earlier this month, another derelict vessel in Deep Bay was safely removed following pressure from various levels of government.

Questions remain regarding other abandoned vessels in Deep Bay, Goose Spit and other areas of the Comox Valley – above and below water – as regulations for derelict vessels are determined by where they are located.


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