Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Search called off for missing boater

Search officials at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria have brought to an end the search for a missing boater last seen on July 11th off of Haida Gwaii.

The man in his seventies, described as an experienced outdoors man was making his trip by rowboat having left Prince Rupert destined for Port Hardy.

The comprehensive search of waters between Haida Gwaii and Port Hardy was called off today, after
no sign of the missing boater was found despite the efforts of both air resources from Comox and surface vessels of the Coast Guard on the North Coast.

As we outlined on the blog earlier this week, the man was last seen when he left Aristazabal Island on July 11th, he was reported overdue on the 20th at which time the full scale search began.

The file has now been turned over to the Prince Rupert RCMP as a missing persons case.

Should anyone have information to assist in that investigation, they are asked to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700

Update: The Prince Rupert RCMP issued this media release  featuring more details on the missing person file. Included in the update is the identity of the missing boater who is Mr. Paul Clark of Victoria, British Columbia.

Media items of note on the latest developments can be found below:

Vancouver Sun-- Search called off for solo rower missing off BC's rugged north coast
AM 730-- Search called off on North Coast
CKNW-- Search called off on North Coast

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