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Spirit of Kelowna causing grief

The Spirit of Kelowna continues to cause nothing but problems for lakefront residents living near Campbell Road south of the William R Bennett Bridge.

You may recall the replica paddlewheeler sunk off Kalamoir Park in West Kelowna back in December.

The vessel had been moored in the area for several months.

It was eventually re-floated and moved to a secure location north of the bridge.

The Spirit of Kelowna recently resurfaced in the Kalamoir Park area and caused residents several anxious moments during Monday's storm.

Terrance Mykytiw who lives on Campbell Place said he had to physically push the boat to prevent it from ramming into his dock Monday night.

"I called the police Monday because I needed to get that boat taken care of. It didn't actually smash into our dock but I was pushing it back. I ended up calling them (Police)," said Mykytiw.

"About 20 minutes after that Shoreline showed up."

Mykytiw said the vessel drifted over Monday night, Wednesday night and again Thursday morning.

"It could have smashed up my neighbours boat. It could have ripped up our dock or our water lines.

We had divers go in and double check everything."

Mykytiw said it's getting frustrating having boats continually using the bay for moorage.

"It definitely does (get frustrating). The fact that anybody moors their boat in our bay bothers us. There wasn't supposed to be any mooring allowed that's why they removed all the houseboats. And now, all of a sudden all this stuff is getting moored everywhere."

Another resident of Campbell Place had their water line damaged by the Spirit of Kelowna Monday.

Water coming out of the tap was dirty and muddy as a result.

They also required divers to go and fix the problem.

The District of West Kelowna is aware of the problem.

"Bylaw Enforcement are aware of the houseboat and the paddlewheeler moored near Kalamoir," says Communication Director, Kirsten Jones in an email to Castanet.

"Bylaw has been advised that arrangements have been made to have both vessels removed from the lake. Bylaw is following up to ensure that this occurs."

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