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Lake Cowichan RCMP and Parks Canada are patrolling the waters on the west coast of Vancouver Island to find a man missing from an overturned boat.

At approximately 8 p.m. on May 19th, RCMP were notified of an overturned boat near Nitinat Narrows.

When officers arrived at the nearest boat launch they were met by members of the Ditidaht community who had already launched boats to assist.

Early investigation revealed the boat was carrying three people on board at the time it capsized. 

Two survivors were located by the coast guard. At this time, one man remains unaccounted for.

“The two survivors that were located by the Coast Guard were initially taken to Port Renfrew, and then transported to a larger center for further medical treatment,” said BC RCMP Division Media Relations Officer Sergeant Chris Manseau.

“The Lake Cowichan RCMP continue to liaise with their Search and Rescue partners who continue searching for the missing man.”

Parks Canada and an RCMP Air 8 helicopter are currently patrolling the area searching for the missing man.

“The Lake Cowichan RCMP want to thank all of the volunteers and partners who immediately offered to assist, and continue to do so,” Manseau added. 

“Their efforts, local knowledge and ability to jump in at a moment’s notice to assist in situations like this are truly appreciated.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who may have seen the boat earlier on May 19th is asked to contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at (250) 749-6668.


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