A sailboat sat overturned and partly submerged in the channel to the Port Bruce harbour for several days after it was damaged due to rough weather conditions on Friday, May 28.
There were two people on board the vessel at the time of the incident, who made it to shore uninjured.
The 33-foot Beneteau boat, labelled ‘Le Bateau’ Oakville, was leaving Port Bruce at about 11 a.m. after refueling at the marina. While exiting the marina, “the vessel ran into trouble in the very high winds and ended up against the pier,” said Elgin OPP constable Troy Carlson. Attempts were made to tie up at the pier.
The pair aboard, both wearing life jackets, got onto the pier and did not enter the water.
Malahide Fire, Elgin OPP and Auxiliary Coast Guard members attended and attempted to secure the vessel, but were unable to due to weather and wave conditions.
The owner is responsible for recovering the sailboat from the mouth of Catfish Creek, said Cst. Carlson.
Since Friday and over the course of the weekend, the boat remained partially submerged in the water against some rocks, which drew a steady stream of spectators.
There was no indication of a fuel spill, but some debris, such as a life preserver, surrounded the boat.
On Monday, May 31, the boat was removed from the channel using a crane and was placed on vacant property next to the creek.
Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express