Flashing lights across Sutil Channel prompt to call Quadra Island RCMP – Campbell River Mirror

Flashing lights worried a Quadra Islander for the safety of people across the Sutil Channel on October 10, prompting them to call the RCMP.

The call came from a resident who saw flashes of light on the west coast of Marina Island, across the Sutil Channel. The person called the RCMP, fearing the flashes were a sign of someone in distress. At the time, a wind warning was in effect and RCMP officers were to rule out kayakers or boat operators stranded in the winds.

West Coast Marine Services investigated, but determined the lights were the result of sunlight reflecting off a flapping window in high winds.


Quadra Island Detachment also reported a theft, which occurred on October 11. An unidentified person stole a generator and other items from a boat before escaping in a blue canoe, a complainant told the RCMP.

The Complainant began to follow the man in his boat, but was unable to follow.

The detachment has also received third-hand information via social media that there have been similar incidents on Cortes Island, however, no one has filed a report yet.

The investigation is ongoing.

School Bus Complaints

Quadra Island RCMP have received numerous reports of drivers not stopping for school buses.

Police would like to remind motorists to watch out for school buses on our roads and to be on the lookout for flashing lights.

It’s the time of year when not only are school buses back on the road, but daylight is diminishing, making it even more vital that drivers pay attention to flashing lights, says Const. Rebekah Draht, Quadra RCMP Media Relations Officer. According to the Motor Vehicle Act, both directions of traffic must stop when the school bus driver flashes his lights and the stop sign is out. Drivers can continue when the bus lights are off and the panel is folded down.

Failure to obey school bus signs can result in a $368 fine and three points on the driver’s license.

If anyone is aware of these incidents, please contact Quadra Island RCMP at 250-285-3631 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their website at www.crimestoppers.ca.

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