LETTER: Bad actors on the Slocan River

From reader Robbie Kalabis

Further to the story you ran about floaters on the Slocan River. There are definitely a few bad actors.

On Sunday, April 16, two young men that were with a group landed on my property in Slocan Park and stole a float made from two old windsurf boards attached together with a plywood top. The float was pulled up on shore and tied to a tree, so it should have been pretty obvious this item was not discarded, but being secured as much as possible by the owner.

Some Airbnb guests of the neighbours across the river were eye witnesses and told the guys not to take the float. They floated away unwavering, although other members of their group didn’t seem to condone their actions.

After speaking with Endless Adventures, the float was seen at Crescent Beach and then found discarded between there and Shore Acres Beach, along with tubes the group had rented from them. A staff member towed the float down to Shore Acres Beach where it was left on shore in hopes of the owner finding it, but when I finally got there the following Sunday it was gone. One person I spoke with said they thought they saw it loaded in a truck back up at Crescent Beach.

I will be putting up posters with my contact info in hopes of getting the float back so I can continue to use it to access my property.

Please urge those around you to be respectful, mindful and compassionate to others while enjoying a float down the river, which doubles as many people’s backyards.

Robbie Kalabis

Nelson

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