Man charged with inconsiderate use of personal watercraft on Humber River

Gary Kean
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CORNER BROOK  The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has charged a man in relation to how he was allegedly operating his personal watercraft on the Humber River.

According to the police, the charge of operating a vessel without reasonable consideration for others was laid under the Canada Shipping Act. The charge was laid against a 46-year-old resident of Massey Drive in relation to the RNC’s investigation into a complaint received July 14.

According to Insp. Terry Corbin of the RNC, there were multiple complaints about several people allegedly driving personal water crafts recklessly on the river. There was also video taken which police viewed as part of the investigation.

The information regarding the charge has not yet been sworn to at provincial court in Corner Brook, so the RNC would not release the identity of the man charged. He does have a first appearance scheduled for provincial court Oct. 1. Salmon fishermen on the Humber River have been asking for a crackdown on people who speed through the river, saying it is a safety hazard for them and boaters alike. Some say it disturbs fish in pools along the river.

Corbin could not say if the complainants were anglers or were using the river in another way, but urged all recreational users of any waterway to have respect for other users.

“Obviously, we want people to be cautious when they are operating, especially in an area frequented by other people in other kinds of crafts or fishing,” said Corbin.

Section 1007 of the federal legislation under which this man has been charged states that “no person shall operate a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons.”

Geographic location: Humber River, CORNER BROOK, Canada

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  • Trish
    August 18, 2013 - 23:05

    We are boat owners and I can tell you from what we been seeing there is not alot of respect on the water for others. There is going to end up being a tragedy. If there are salmon fishermen there why not go up the river a little further or have the respect to slow down. It may be the waves almost knocking them over thats the problem. Also for all the people out there that fly buy others when they are trying to dock up, launch or haul their boats out of the water. It wouldn't kill you to slow down so people don't do damage to their water craft. I think the amount of respect for other on the lake/river is terrible.

  • Bud
    August 17, 2013 - 15:18

    As someone who is a salmon fisher and owner of a sea doo people need to realize that the river isn't just for salmon fishing alone. On one occasion if was going up the river in sea doo bring respectful to the fisherman I may add but all I got in return was them shaking their heads at me and even at one point giving me the middle finger. I understand it disturbs the fish but the river is used for other water activities besides salmon fishing.