RCMP say two kayakers are uninjured after being hit by a log.
Nanaimo RCMP say the incident happened at around 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 6. They say the kayakers were exploring rock features on Jessy Island at the entrance to Departure Bay.
While exploring, a man on the island began yelling at them and they had a brief exchange, according to police.
Shortly after, officers say the kayakers heard a “commotion” and looked up to see a log being thrown off a cliff directly above them.
The log hit one of the kayakers hard enough to knock them into the water, according to RCMP. The other kayaker was also hit but was able to stay up and rescue their friend.
Witnesses called police and they say they arrested a 37-year-old man for assault with a weapon on the Island with help from the Nanaimo Port Authority.
Cst. Gary O’Brien with Nanaimo RCMP says the pair were lucky to not be injured.
“This was bizarre incident and given the size and weight of the log, and distance it fell, the log could have caused significant injury to both persons”, said O’Brien.
The 37-year-old is set to appear in court on Nov. 9.