3.2 km of fishing line floated down to a Nanaimo neighbourhood after a high altitude kite broke free.
Late last week residents of a central Nanaimo neighbourhood near Waddington Rd. and Dufferin Cr. found fishing line strewn everywhere including high on the power lines.
“It was 50 pound test line wrapped all throughout the lines, it was draped over the lines, on the road, draped over the houses and all that but it was a lot of line that was draped over everywhere” BC Hydro spokesperson Ted Olynyk told CHEK News.
Early suggestions from the RCMP were that it might have been done by someone using a drone.
“They said they believed it was a drone because it was wrapped all around the lines. Maybe it’s a kite but they suspect it was a drone” added Olynyk.
BC Hydro says this is not the first time it has happened in Nanaimo.
“Unfortunately we have seen this before, this isn’t new to us. We have had reports of fishing line wrapped in our lines about four times in the last six months. Generally in the central Nanaimo area” said Olynyk.
Then late Wednesday afternoon the answer everyone had been waiting for came from the RCMP, that it wasn’t a drone at all.
“We since got tips from the public and as a result of those tips we identified a possible suspect. Our investigators spoke with the suspect today and it turns out he was flying a high altitude kite. He lost control of the kite so it went off adrift on its own” said Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The high altitude kite was at the end of almost 3.5 km of fishing line when the kite broke free..
“Investigators spoke with him and he was advised that criminal charges could have bene laid. At this particular time we’ve chosen not to and it was dealt with in an informal manner, so he was cautioned and was told of the possible consequences should this behaviour continue” added Armstrong.
Police say the man was not questioned about the previous incidents.
BC Hydro says it could go after him for damages and overtime costs.