(Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue)

UPDATE: The two missing kayakers were found approximately one hour after the search for them commenced on Tuesday morning.

Earlier: Two kayakers have been missing since last night after failing to return from a trip near Lasqueti Island, off the east coast of Vancouver Island.

They were reported missing at 10 p.m. on Monday night, after which a Cormorant helicopter, Buffalo aircraft, and Canadian Coast Guard vessels were launched to try and find the kayakers.

According to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, search and rescue crews were delayed in their efforts to locate the boaters due to low visibility, high wind, and waves overnight.

Due to improved weather this morning, the search resumed at approximately 9 a.m. this morning and is currently focused on the area encompassing the Malaspina Strait and the Sabine Channel off Lasqueti and Texada Islands.

The kayakers were last seen in a blue 15 ft sea kayak and an 18 ft red and white ocean kayak.


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