Man flouted quarantine laws to pick up his girlfriend in a boat for a date

A man was arrested and fined after he flouted quarantine laws by using a boat to pick up his girlfriend for a date.

The 49-year-old Washington state man failed to report his crossing into Canada and follow quarantine rules for entry into the country.

On Sunday, RCMP officers were patrolling the US and Canada marine border in the Southern Gulf Islands and saw a Sea Sport cabin cruiser anchored in Crescent Beach channel, near Blackie Spit.

The cruiser, registered out of Bellingham, had the 49-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman on-board.

The man, from Bellingham, had left his home port in Washington state that morning and picked up his girlfriend at Elgin Park Marina in Surrey, before anchoring in the channel.

According to, the man was arrested under the Customs Act and his boat was seized.

He was also fined $1,000 for violating the Quarantine Act, which restricts non-essential border crossing during the pandemic – including boating across the border.

He was released without further charges, required to pay $1,000 for the return of his boat and forced to leave Canadian waters immediately.

The woman was taken back to Crescent Beach Marina, where her vehicle was parked.

According to reports, she plans to self-isolate and to take a Covid-19 test if symptoms occur.

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