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Penticton looks at better lighting for pier

City officials are looking into better lighting for the Kiwanis Walking Pier, after a boat slammed into it last week.

At this point, staff has met with a company that has a motion detection lighting system, so that if a watercraft approaches the pier a low ambient light goes on along the entire length of the structure.

"The closer it gets, the brighter it becomes," said Chuck Loewen, general manager, recreation and facilities.

Transport Canada has also been contacted and made aware of the city's plans.

They are currently pulling their file on the pier to see what is on it and will then get back to staff on whether they will add anything or leave it the same, said Loewen.

"It is strictly regulated by Transport Canada, and they will be looking at it over the next week and getting back to us."

The 28-foot boat crashed into the pier at around 10:30 p.m. on July 9. The male operator of the boat, Rene Bourque, was uninjured, and his female passenger sustained a slight injury.

Bourque said, at the time, that he had battled waves all the way down from Kelowna.

People sitting on the pier when the incident took place were able to get out of the way.

People at the scene said they remembered an incident several years ago, where a man died after crashing into the same pier.

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