Last Friday, at 3:25 p.m., I was in my kayak travelling downriver on the North Thompson.
I had just passed below Arthur Hatton school on the corner of Schubert Drive and Chestnut Street.
I was feeling a bit smug and very happy — smug as I had completed my river trip from Barriere without any mishaps and happy because I was only 30 minutes from my home on Royal Avenue and was looking forward to seeing my husband and having a cold beer.
In a matter of minutes, however, my smug and happy feelings turned to fear and dread.
I had noticed a boat travelling upriver on the opposite side to me when it changed course and came diagonally across the river straight at me.
I was not worried at first as I thought they would change to an upriver course once again in a minute or two. This was not to be as they kept coming straight for me.
I paddled closer and closer to the river bank which, in this part of the river, is steep and covered in rip rap and kept hoping they would turn.
Just when I had accepted the fact that they were going to either hit me or force me into the bank, they turned upriver again. Now all I had to deal with was their wake which was fairly easy to handle.
There were three young males standing in the dull green, metal, flat-bottomed
river boat. One or two of them were quite tanned with short, bleached blonde hair.
There is no doubt in my mind that this was a deliberate act of of intimidation and was probably also caught on someone’s smartphone (in this case — dumb phone). Because these individuals were standing and the fact that my kayak is bright yellow, visibility would not have been a problem.
I object to having my safety on the river threatened by some irresponsible half-wit who uses a power boat as a tool for intimidation. If these individuals are sharing their experience of bullying either verbally or on the Internet and you happen to know their names, I am asking that you give that information to the RCMP attention of Const. Vincent Stevens, file No. 2013/25048.
I have one question for the three individuals who were in the boat and more specifically for the pilot: What are you going to be when you grow up?