Derelict airlift at Cowichan Bay
Several Cowichan Bay businesses came together to remove derelict boats that they believe posed a risk to the environment and public safety.
“There has been a lot of talk about the problem of derelict boats, but no one seemed ready to take action,” Brian Thacker, owner of Pacific Industrial & Marine, said in a statement. “That’s why a number of us got together and took matters into our own hands.”
Western Forest Products, Western Stevedoring and Pacific Industrial & Marine are sharing the cost — expected to be between $40,000 and $50,000 — of removing six derelict boats from Cowichan Bay.
A helicopter lifted two wrecks from the water on Wednesday. Thacker said the water was too shallow to tow the vessels without damaging the estuary.