A driver of a Sea-Doo suffered minor injuries after a collision with a powerboat on McIvor Lake on Saturday, according to police.
Police said the Sea-Doo struck a powerboat at around 4:30 p.m. The powerboat sank and six people from the boat ended up in the water.
Campbell River RCMP, the Campbell River Fire Department, an ambulance and an EMS helicopter were all called out but there were no fatalities or serious injuries. The driver of the Sea-Doo had minor scrapes and bruises from the crash.
Police said early investigation indicates that ” the two vessels were approaching each other at speed.” According to police, the powerboat was moving out of the path of the Sea-Doo but the driver of the Sea-Doo did not see the maneuver. The powerboat driver veered away sharply but it was too late. The Sea-Doo then hit the powerboat.
Police said six people were on the powerboat and all went into the water.
The children were reportedly wearing life jackets but the adults were not, police said.
Campbell River RCMP are still investigating along with an RCMP West Coast Marine Services Vessel Collision investigator. Both the Sea-Doo and the powerboat were removed from the water and seized for inspection and the investigation.
Police said alcohol was involved but is undetermined if it was a contributing factor. Any charges considered at this time would be under the Canada Shipping Act.
Campbell River RCMP have been patrolling the McIvor Lake, located 10 kilometres southwest of Campbell River, in a police vessel and setting roadblocks for check stops before the lake.
“Two separate patrol shifts on the lake during the weekend of this collision generated 15 and 20 violation notices prior to the collision.” Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk of the Campbell River RCMP said in a release.
“The majority of the infractions are for not having life jackets and not having a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.”