Several provincial and federal authorities are investigating an incident last week that saw someone chop up a vessel on a North Saanich beach.
According to a statement from the provincial ministry of environment, an environmental emergency response officer (EERO) attended Lillian Hoffar Park on the afternoon of April 20. The officer did not make contact with the individual salvaging the vessel, which had been completely chopped into pieces, according to the statement. Evidence found on the beach included pile of lead shavings gathered on a tarp next to the remnants of the hull left below the water line.
The Canadian Coast Guard and North Saanich park also responded.
According to the statement, the EERO contacted Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, which confirmed that Environment Canada and Climate Change were also involved.
The park has been the subject of several complaints from the public about derelict and abandoned boats. The park is also the site of a long-running dispute between North Saanich and the owner of a trio of boats anchored just off the shoreline.
The owner of those boats has until April 28 to lift anchors.
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