A number of sailboats can be seen sinking into Harrison Lake following a cold snap in late December. (Contributed Photo/Karl Dopf)

A number of sailboats can be seen sinking into Harrison Lake following a cold snap in late December. (Contributed Photo/Karl Dopf)

Multiple boats sink on Harrison Lake following arctic outflow

Storms can cause boats, dock sections to drift onto lake

A number of sailboats anchored along Harrison Lake during recent severe weather are sinking.

Karl Dopf of Harrison Hot Springs spotted at least three sailboats drifting near Rendell Park in Harrison in various stages of sinking.

Between potential ice buildup, heavy snow and high winds, the recent winter weather can be a recipe for disaster for vessels moored along Harrison Lake. The weight of too much ice and snow could be enough to sink the boats, and stormy weather has been known to pull boats and even sections of dock away from land, sending them drifting onto the water.

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According to Agassiz RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Mike Sargent, it’s normally up to the owners to contact private salvage companies to rescue the sunken vessel. Rescue personnel typically would not be dispatched unless someone was in danger.


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