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Search called off for missing kayaker

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 2nd, 2012

Search teams have suspended rescue operations for a missing kayaker on the Cheakamus River south of Whistler.

Friday (September 28)at 5:27 p.m. Whistler RCMP received a report of a missing kayaker after a group of three had been paddling a section of the river when one of them went over a small waterfall.

The missing man went under the water and did not resurface.

Friends attempted to locate him but were unsuccessful in doing so.

Police, Fire, Ambulance and Whistler Search and Rescue all attended however were unable to locate the male or his kayak.

Search and rescue teams returned Saturday to conduct additional search efforts which included a helicopter search of the river, searching on foot along the banks of the river, and using swiftwater techniques to probe the area where it is suspected the kayaker remains trapped. SAR members in kayaks also paddled the river in an attempt to locate the missing subject.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery (Dive) Team attended to assess the area and utilized cameras mounted on poles in an effort to locate the male.

Once all reasonable efforts to locate the male safely were made, search efforts were suspended for the time being.
The missing subject is a 19-year-old male from Canmore, Alberta and is described as a very experienced kayaker.

Search efforts will continue as the river level subsides in the coming weeks.

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