Port Alberni RCMP are directing all resources towards tracking down a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year old girl. The assault occurred yesterday afternoon in Roger Creek Park as the girl walked home from school and was brutally attacked near the trestle. The girl managed to call police after the attack and she was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital with serious injuries. Constable Shelly Shedowitz said police have a description of the suspect. He is believed to be a First Nations male in his early 20's wearing dark clothes and wearing a red ballcap. He was also believed to be carrying a backpack. Shedowitz said until the attacker is caught, female pedestrians should travel in groups and in well travelled areas.
Hundreds of tourists are wandering around the harbour quay and uptown area this afternoon - passengers from the Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam. Craft shops have opened up throughout the area and many tourists are riding the rails out to McLean Mill and the Chase and Warren winery. City economic development manager Pat Deakin says a video is being made of the days events which will be used to. A particular highlight is being planned for 5 o'clock this afternoon when the Hawaii Mars will perform a waterdrop over the inlet as the Amsterdam weighs anchor and heads back to Seattle on the final leg of their trip.
The ADSS Armada Girls Rugby team opened up the BC's Thursday with a 20-19 win over Walnut Grove. They take on Houston at 10:30 on Friday.