Mas­sive cruise ship nearly hit tour boat in foggy Hal­i­fax har­bour: re­port

The Beacon Herald - - NATIONAL NEWS -

HAL­I­FAX — A new re­port says a mas­sive cruise ship car­ry­ing 2,770 peo­ple nar­rowly missed a smaller tour boat in thick fog last sum­mer in Hal­i­fax har­bour. The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board re­port, re­leased Thurs­day, says the Sum­mer Bay, with 39 peo­ple on board, was just 25 me­tres away when it crossed the bow of the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas. It says the smaller boat’s cap­tain made a num­ber of mis­takes — he thought there was other traf­fic in the har­bour when he mis­in­ter­preted radar data, but didn’t slow down or take other steps to ver­ify the in­for­ma­tion. It also says he was in­cor­rect about his lo­ca­tion in the har­bour at the time. There was no col­li­sion and no one was hurt. The re­port says the owner of the Sum­mer Bay — Mur­phy’s the Cable Wharf — has de­vel­oped stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for its ves­sel masters in re­duced vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions.

AIR­DRIE, Alta. — A Cal­gary-area man was sent to the RCMP penalty box af­ter he al­legedly used a hockey stick as a pre­tend gun to shoot at pass­ing ve­hi­cles. Moun­ties at Air­drie got word late Tues­day af­ter­noon about some­one who had bro­ken items in his own home, de­stroyed a neigh­bour’s fence and thrown rocks at a parked ve­hi­cle. They say the hockey stick was then stolen and held like it was a firearm. An ar­rest was made at a lo­cal in­ter­sec­tion with­out the need for body­checks. Po­lice de­ter­mined the ac­cused was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs. War­ren Robert Eya­paise, a 37-year-old Air­drie res­i­dent, was to ap­pear in court Thurs­day on charges that in­clude mis­chief, theft and pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose.

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