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A day on the water in Alberni Valley turned into a brawl

May 17 2012

A 41-year-old fisherman has suffered a broken leg, and three males are facing assault charges after a recreational day on the water in the Alberni Valley turned into a brawl several hours later.

Port Alberni RCMP arrested four males Tuesday night and on Wednesday were recommending charges against three of them — including one adult who is 21 and two 17 year olds.

The alleged assault took place Saturday near the Petro-Canada gas station on River Road in Port Alberni, after the fisherman and four jet skiers who had spent the day on the Somas River met for a second time.

Earlier that day, the fisherman took note of the description of four young males and their jet skis because of “activity” that concerned him. The man might have been concerned about the jet skiers driving over his nets but police are still piecing together the issue.

Later that evening, all five males met again at the gas station.

The fisherman approached the males. Words were exchanged, escalating into a heated argument and finally a physical fight.

An off-duty RCMP officer pulled up in his personal vehicle to observe the scene.

“It became clear to our off-duty officer that the fisherman was clearly the victim and he was being brutally assaulted,” Allan said.

The officer directed his wife to call police while the off-duty RCMP officer ran toward the men. At that point, the suspects fled.

The fisherman was taken by B.C. Ambulance to West Coast General Hospital where he was treated for a broken leg, abrasions and lacerations, according to police.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com