Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Flotilla of vessels and number of air assets continue search for missing Kitkatla man

The search for a missing boater continues
south of Prince Rupert
(Map from Marine Traffic)

The search efforts continued through Tuesday as a number of vessels from the North Coast took to the water south of Prince Rupert to continue to try and locate one of two overdue boaters from Kitkatla.

The first reports of the overdue vessel came on Monday and from that point the search and number of assets being used in the waters off Prince Rupert have increased significantly.

The two had set out from Prince Rupert late Monday afternoon for the trip south to Kitkatla, but were reported overdue last evening, with the Gordon Reid tasked out of Prince Rupert to begin the search.

One of the men was located earlier in the day on Tuesday, while the search continued through the day for the second boater, to this point 13 vessels were involved in the search with the RCMP assisting along with the Coast Guard.

As well as the number of vessels on the water, a plane and helicopter were dispatched out of CFB Comox, by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre out of Victoria.

Other vessels from Kitkatla, Metlakatla and Prince Rupert, including Prince Rupert SAR 64 have also been involved in the search efforts.

The current area of operation is centred on a sector South of Port Edward and North of Smith Island.

Updates on the Search can be found from the Kitkatla RCM SAR 74 Facebook page

Update: The search for the missing boater has come to an end and the file has been handed over to the RCMP for investigation as a missing persons case.

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