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UPDATE 7:58 p.m.

Transport Canada  has responded to a Castanet inquiry Frday telling our newsroom that Transport Canada is responsible for administering the Navigation Protection Act. The act provides some authority for managing abandoned vessels in Canada’s busiest navigable waters." 

"Transport Canada has contacted the owner of the sailboat. He is planning to have it removed over the next few days. We will continue to monitor the situation until it is resolved." Pierre Manoni with Transport Canada's media relations team says.

As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government is implementing a comprehensive national strategy to address abandoned, hazardous and wrecked vessels that focuses on the prevention and removal of problem vessels.

Since Castanet published this story the owner has now come forward to call for help to get his boat back in the water.

ORIGINAL 2:13 p.m.

The mystery of the grounded sailboat has been solved, with the owner coming forward Friday morning.

A sailboat has been sitting on its side by the Bluebird Road South Beach access near Lakeshore Road for almost three weeks, after a strong wind storm wreaked havoc across the Valley.

Friday morning, Ron Addison reached out to Castanet to say the boat is his, but he's been having issues finding someone to get it back in the water.

“They're all swamped and I'm waiting on a pincushion to get that thing off there,” he said.

Addison, a Peachland resident, says the boat was anchored and attached to a buoy near the Hotel Eldorado before the windstorm sent it on its unmanned voyage.

He's been out of town during the storm, but he got back last week and is now working to get it off the beach and into the lake.

“I've been working on it now, trying to get somebody with a big boat to haul it off,” Addison said. “I'm going down there today ... I've got a bunch of things I want to do getting ready for a lift off.”

Addison has been in contact with Transport Canada, and he's hoping to get it back in the water as soon as he can.

“It's not all smashed up, it's a sailboat, so back in the water it goes,” he said.

Anyone who's able to help Addison get the boat back in the water can reach him at 778-215-5314.

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