VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — For the second time this weekend Vancouver Police have had to enlist the RCMP’s Air 1 helicopter to light up a crowded English Bay in an attempt to encourage partiers to go home.
In an email statement to NEWS 1130, VPD’s Sgt. Steve Addison says because of the sunny and warm weather Saturday, it was another busy day at the beaches in the downtown core and in the West End.
He says crowds swelled throughout the day and “with tens of thousands of individuals, families, and social groups coming out.”
And around 10 p.m. when beaches closed, officers began to encourage people to head home.
“While most people were compliant, some people did object,” Addison says. “At one point, people began throwing bottles at officers, which resulted in additional officers being deployed to encourage people to leave.”
Air 1 and the VPD Marine Unit eventually assisted by shining their bright lights on the beach to disperse the crowd.
Police also shut down a part of Beach Ave to vehicle traffic.
Social media is littered with video and images of people partying closely together, with loud music blaring in the background.
The previous night, the police enlisted the RCMP’s Air 1 helicopter to light up a crowded English Bay and made two arrests after a fight broke out.
There is no word if any COVID-19 related fines have been given out this weekend.