After crashing their boat on Cowichan Lake Road (old highway, by the “fisherman’s trail”), its owner decided to take the easy route.
Rather than pay tipping fees to have the destroyed fibre-glass boat dumped, the owner opted to strip it of identification markers, including its serial number and licence plate, and abandon it in the ditch.
The boat was abandoned about two weeks ago, and is now the responsibility of the boat owner, or more likely the CVRD, to be disposed of, Potter said.
It’s not just boats being abandoned, but vehicles as well.
“We’ve had a few in the area,” Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Warren Potter said.
One of the more unusual took place Monday, August 1, when a vehicle was found abandoned and rolled over in the ditch near Honeymoon Bay.
The Honeymoon Bay Fire Department arrived on-site shortly after it was spotted.
Expecting to administer medical help, fire chief John Rowley said that finding the vehicle empty was a relief.
“Everyone breathed a sigh of relief,” he said.
That doesn’t mean the driver was in fine and dandy shape.
“Apparently, he checked himself into the hospital,” Rowley said.
The Lake Cowichan RCMP was also on-site to investigate.
Potter said that the vehicle was an uninsured bush buggy jeep.