Family slammed for ‘reckless behaviour’ after sea lion drags girl into water in Richmond, B.C.

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Port officials are lambasting the family of a young girl for “reckless behaviour” after she was dragged into the water by a sea lion off a dock at Steveston in Richmond, B.C.

Robert Kiesman, chair of the Steveston Harbour Authority, said there are several signs posted at the popular tourist destination warning people not to feed the sea mammals that frequent the area.

“You wouldn’t go up to a grizzly bear in the bush and hand him a ham sandwich, so you shouldn’t be handing a thousand-pound wild mammal in the water slices of bread,” Kiesman said.

“And you certainly shouldn’t be letting your little girl sit on the edge of the dock with her dress hanging down after the sea lion has already snapped at her once. Just totally reckless behaviour.”

A Richmond resident captured dramatic video on Saturday showing the sea lion grabbing the young girl by the dress and dragging her into the water off the dock.

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Family slammed for ‘reckless behaviour’ after sea lion drags girl into water in Richmond, B.C.

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