RCMP arrested and fined a US citizen for violating Canada’s Quarantine Act.
On September 27, officers patrolling along the US and Canada marine border in the Southern Gulf Islands region noticed a Seasport cabin cruiser out of Bellingham.
The two vessel occupants were a 49-year-old US man from Bellingham, WA, and a 50-year-old woman from Surrey.
The man had left his home port that morning and picked up his girlfriend at Elgin Park Marina in Surrey.
However, he failed to report his crossing into Canada and did not meet the entry requirements under the current quarantine restrictions.
Police arrested the man under the Customs Act and his vessel was seized for failure to report inwards.
He was fined $1000 for contravening the Quarantine Act and was released without further charges.
He will have to pay an extra $1000 for the return of his vessel. He was also ordered to leave Canada immediately.
The woman was taken to the nearby Crescent Beach Marina where she obtained a ride back to her vehicle.