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A motorcyclist and passenger were injured Sunday afternoon after driving through fishing strung across the 8200 block of Thomson Road in Central Saanich.

The fishing line was not put there intentionally, Central Saanich police say.

Cpl. Dan Cottingham said  a man had been towing his boat through the 8200 block of Thomson Place, just prior to the reported motorcycle incident.

His fishing rods had been placed in the boat rod racks in an upright position. When he arrived home, he discovered all of the fishing line from one rod was missing and that it had likely caught a low hanging tree branch. He immediately contacted police upon learning of the incident through the media.

Police advised boaters to take precaution that fishing rods are securely stored.
Both suffered minor injuries and the bike sustained some damage.

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A motorcyclist and passenger were injured Sunday afternoon after driving through wire strung across the 8200 block of Thomson Road in Central Saanich.

The wire had cut through the passengers jacket leaving a cut to her arm and the driver suffered a cut to his leg from the wire. The line had also torn through part of the windshield, causing damage before snapping.

They were travelling at a slower speed of 20 km/hour and that helped them, according to Central Saanich police Cpl. Dan Cottingham.

They didn’t notice the wire until the male driver felt a pain in his leg and the female passenger felt a sting on her arm.

Central Saanich Police said they received report that wire or heavy fishing line appeared to have been tied intentionally across the section of road.

Officers attended the area but could not locate the remains of the line.

Police are warning anyone driving or cycling through the area to use extra caution.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or about who might be responsible are asked to call Central Saanich Police Service or call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222- 8477.

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