Four fishers wreak havoc, get banned from Ukee during stop

A group of fishers are in hot water after allegedly running amok in Ucluelet last week.

“When the fishing season starts we do see an increase in traffic but in five years I’ve never seen a group like this,” said Const. James Van Camp of the Ucluelet RCMP.

A large fishing vessel carrying 25 crewmembers stopped in Ucluelet for maintenance last week and while the vessel was docked its crew ventured into town.

Van Camp said a “coregroup” of about four crewmembers were involved in several fights, stole over $100 worth of liquor from Ucluelet’s Beer and Wine Store, and ran through the Ucluelet Campground firing pellet guns at campers.

“They made quite an impact, they caused lots of call-outs in the middle of the night,” Van Camp said. “Running through a campground shooting pellet guns at 4 in the morning is not something that we’re going to lay down on.”

He said RCMP spoke with the vessel’s captain who fully cooperated with police.

“Instead of chasing these guys around all weekend we went straight to the owner of the ship and the company and they were extremely helpful,” Van Camp said.

He said the ship’s captain responded by putting the entire crew on lockdown and did not allow any crewmembers off the vessel for the remainder of their stay in Ucluelet.

Police set up shop nearby the vessel to ensure the captain’s orders were adhered to.

“The most important thing was keeping them out of Ucluelet and on the boat until the boat left the harbour,” Van Camp said. “We parked a couple of cars there and made sure these guys didn’t sneak off and cause any more problems.”

The company is cooperating with police and conducting an internal investigation to discover the identities of the bad apples, according to Van Camp.

“This is a large company and they don’t want that kind of image,” he said. “They were as eager as we were to fix the problem and they were quite embarrassed by the activity of these guys…They’re going to help us identify who these guys are.”

He said the ship, and its crew, has left Ucluelet en route to Vancouver but warrants will be sought and he is confident charges will be laid in connection to the havoc because of surveillance footage taken at the beer and wine store.

He added that the suspects’ actions put their employment at risk.

“At least four of them are being released from the company once it docks back in Vancouver,” he said.

reporter@westerlynews.ca

Just Posted

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

Tofino mayor says private market won’t solve housing woes

To completely close the affordability gap, Tofino must invest directly in affordable rental housing.

Highway 4 closures to begin May 28

Road to Tofino and Ucluelet receiving $38 million upgrade.

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

SAR scaling back in Kilmer search, but friends will keep looking

Search for 41-year-old Cobble Hill dad hits six-day mark

Rachel Notley to skip premiers conference to focus on pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives assurances

B.C. tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce research and development partnership.

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Still no sign of missing father in Cowichan Valley

Search group for Ben Kilmer now stands 40 SAR volunteers and another 100 friends and concerned community members

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

Most Read