A missing Langford man who went kayaking near Sooke last weekend is presumed drowned, with searchers suspending rescue operations.
38-year-old Timothy Ross was last seen on January 10th and had planned to be kayaking in the area near Ella Road around 12:15 p.m.
He failed to return at a planned time of 4 p.m. on the same day.
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue Senior Manager Vickie Weber said that an extensive search was undertaken of the area where Ross was seen.
Civil Air Search and Rescue (SAR) deployed two fixed-wing planes, while Juan de Fuca SAR, Metchosin SAR and PEMO SAR all searched the coastline until approximately midnight this morning.
A kayak that searchers recovered was located in the ocean near McMillan Road, close to the area where Ross is believed to have been.
Weber says that after consultation with RCMP the search has been suspended. The discovery of any new clues to Ross’ whereabouts would lead to a re-activation of the search.
Without more clues, Ross is presumed to have drowned.
“Our thoughts and condolences go to his family and loved ones,” she said in a statement to Victoria Buzz.