Malpeque lobster boats stranded by sand bar

At least two boats were stuck and nearly a dozen more stranded in Malpeque Harbour over the weekend.

Dredger could take some time to clear channel for lobster boats

Two boats were stuck on a sandbar at the entrance to Malpeque Harbour on the weekend. (Submitted by Logan Oatway)

At least two boats were stuck and nearly a dozen more stranded in Malpeque Harbour on P.E.I.'s North Shore over the weekend.

Low tides created a sandbar, making it nearly impossible for boats to get back to the wharf.

Chris Wall is a lobster fisherman from Malpeque and was able to leave the Harbour just before the water levels got too low. He said for those who were left, there isn't much choice but to wait until the tide comes back in.

"Do you want to risk, damaging your boat and equipment or are you content to stay there for a couple of hours? That's the question," said Wall.

"If you cook your engine or ruin your seawater pump or something, you can spend, you know, thousands of dollars fairly quickly."

A dredge was brought in to help clear a path for the boats.  It could take two days before a path is fully cleared.


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