Lunenburg District RCMP arrests woman in dangerous boating incident; “falsely activating the emergency beacon on her vessel”

East River Point, Nova Scotia – Lunenburg District RCMP has arrested a woman after a dangerous boating incident in East River Point.

On September 15, 2022, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Lunenburg District RCMP responded to a report of a woman who was falsely activating the emergency beacon on her vessel in the harbour near East River Point. This was the fourth time the woman had falsely activated her emergency beacon since September 5, 2022.

False Alarm
False Alarm (File Photo)

RCMP officers, with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard, responded to the woman’s vessel in an effort to arrest her for False Information and offences under the Radio Communications Act. RCMP officers boarded a Canadian Coast Guard boat and were piloted out to the vessel. The officers made verbal contact with the woman and advised her that she was under arrest. The woman refused to disembark her vessel and entered the cabin below. Given the risk to the RCMP officers trying to board the woman’s vessel, from the Coast Guard boat, the officers were returned to shore so that they could formulate a plan to safely board the vessel and arrest the woman. During this time the woman attempted to sail out of the harbour and collided with two other moored vessels causing damage. The woman’s vessel was then secured to a dock and RCMP officers again attempted to contact the woman. The woman would not engage with officers, nor would she leave the cabin area of the vessel.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on September 16, the Nova Scotia RCMP Emergency Response Team assisted in having the woman exit the vessel, who was then safely taken into custody.

The 48-year-old woman was held in custody and will appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court today. She faces criminal charges of Dangerous Operation of a Vessel, False Information (4 counts) and charges of False Radio Communications under the Radio Communications Act (4 counts).

The investigation is ongoing.

File #: 2022-1335143

Nova Scotia RCMP

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