Overturned houseboat turned over to Transport Canada

This houseboat in Sutherland Bay overturned during stormy weather Saturday. - Doug Farrow/Capital News
This houseboat in Sutherland Bay overturned during stormy weather Saturday.
— image credit: Doug Farrow/Capital News

The case of the capsized houseboat in Sutherland Bay is now in the hands of the Transport Canada.

It's receiver of wrecks in Vancouver has been sent information and photos of the overturned houseboat, which capsized in rough weather Saturday.

Kelowna's property manger, Ron Forbes, said Monday the city is waiting to hear back from Transport Canada and expects an order to remove the partially sunken houseboat would be be issued late Monday or onTuesday. He said he expected the order would be sent to the city to deliver to the owner.

Forbes said the city knows who the owner is but cannot divulge name at this time.

The houseboat, which was unoccupied at the time of its capsizing, is one of about six that are still in the bay following the city's bid to remove houseboats from the area in the summer.

While most were removed by their owners, several were not and legal proceedings challenging the removal of one the boats earlier this year is believed to be what is holding up the removal of the rest.

When the houseboat capsized there was a gasoline spill into Sutherland Bay but Forbes said the fire department was told the rough water and the wind would dissipate the gasoline and it would evaporate without having to be contained by a boom. Forbes said given the weather at the time,  it was felt that would occur before a boom could be safely placed in the water.

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