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Mounties get boat for water patrols
On the heels of a successful pilot project last summer, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is donating a 7.3-metre boat to Richmond Mounties to assist in marine patrols around the island city.
The fisheries department has offered to donate the rigid hull inflatable boat Peregrine, with the intent to strengthen the relationship between the two agencies and provide continued enforcement of fisheries acts, criminal code and provincial statutes on waterways, according to the report authored by RCMP Cpl. James Lunny.
Last summer, a joint marine patrol project between the fisheries department’s Steveston office and the Richmond detachment netted “very positive” results.
Those patrols resulted in liquor and drug seizures, impaired investigations, criminal investigations including pursuit of a stolen vehicle, and responses to thefts in progress.
The vessel will allow Richmond RCMP to continue to be available to assist the marine community such as when vessels are in distress, or assist during festivals and community events, including the Celebration of Lights and the Steveston Maritime Festival.
Sea trials of the vessel were conducted last October by members of the RCMP’s west coast marine section.
The Peregrine was found to be in “very good condition for its 16 years of service, with minimal servicing or equipment needed in order to bring it into the RCMP fleet,” Lunny wrote.
The vessel became available as a result of the fisheries department upgrading its fleet.