B.C. boat owner ordered to pay $15k for abandoned vessel in Cadboro Bay
The owner of a recreational vessel that ran aground on a popular Victoria-area beach has been slapped with a $15,000 fine — the first under 2019 legislation designed to deal with abandoned vessels.
On June 27, the Canadian Coast Guard levied the fine against Ryan Brackenbury for failing to clean up the wreckage left after his eight-metre white hull cabin cruiser, the Akoo, was grounded and abandoned on Cadboro Bay on March 31.
“When it first ran aground, it was discharging fuel into the sand,” said Paul Barrett, regional superintendent of the Coast Guard’s new compliance and enforcement department. “There’s smashed glass, there’s people climbing on it. It’s a clearcut case of a hazardous vessel.”
Brackenbury has failed to comply with the coast guard’s order for a salvage plan to recover the vessel, said Barrett.
The Coast Guard has responded to the Akoo several times, it said, including when it drifted ashore, discharged fuel and other pollutants into the marine environment, and deteriorated, posing a public safety hazard.