Results of a storm from last week.

Results of a storm from last week.

Boats strewn along lakeshore; RCMP asked owners to check on their crafts

High winds during a storm last Friday resulted in approximately 15 boats coming loose from moorings

High winds during a storm last Friday resulted in approximately 15 boats coming loose from moorings and being beached along the south shore of Sylvan Lake.

RCMP issued a plea Saturday morning for owners to check their boats as they’d had to tie off some of the boats and were having trouble contacting owners.

The boats were strewn on the shoreline from 40th Street to Petro Beach. Several had taken on a lot of water.

“If the wind changes direction today, some of the unsecured vessels will be washed back out into the lake and become dangerous hazards for other users of the lake and property as well,” said Cpl. James Allemekinders in a news release. “Please keep in mind, the owner of a boat that causes damage to other people’s property or the environment will be held liable for damages.”

Allemekinders also reminded boat owners of legal requirements under the Canada Shipping Act and Small Vessel Regulations. “It is law for you to licence (register) your boat with Transport Canada. The licence number should appear on either side of the bow of the boat and this number is how police or other enforcement agencies are able to track down boat owners.”