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‘Bizarre incident’: RCMP arrest man after log dropped from cliff onto kayakers

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A man has been arrested after allegedly pushing a log off a cliff above a pair of kayakers near Nanaimo. RCMP say it happened on Saturday off Jesse Island at the entrance to Departure Bay Beach. – Aug 10, 2022

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a man for assault in a “bizarre incident” where he allegedly dropped a log onto a pair of kayakers from a clifftop.

The incident happened Saturday evening, as a 43-year-old man and 39-year-old woman were paddling by Jesse Island, near the entrance to Departure Bay beach.

According to police, the pair were involved in a “short exchange” with someone standing above them on the island.

 

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Police said a few minutes later, the duo heard a “commotion” above them, and looked up to see the person shoving a log off the cliff above them.

The log, which police said was 6 metres (20 feet) long and 20 centimetres (8 inches) thick, struck the woman in the back with enough force to knock her out of her kayak, police said.

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The male kayaker managed to stay inside his boat and help the woman to shore, where witnesses called 911.

Officers arrived a short time later and arrested a 37-year-old man for assault with a weapon.

 

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