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Canada Missing kayaker’s boat found in river near Whistler, B.C.

21:35  23 june  2020
21:35  23 june  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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a close up of a map: The kayaker overturned close to MacLaurin's Crossing Suspension Bridge, shown here on Google Maps. © Google Maps The kayaker overturned close to MacLaurin's Crossing Suspension Bridge, shown here on Google Maps.

The search for a missing kayaker continues Tuesday in the Cheakamus River near Whistler, B.C.

Whistler RCMP received a call that a kayaker who'd been out with friends had overturned in the river around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, close to MacLaurin’s Crossing Suspension Bridge.

A search ensured with a helicopter, search and rescue crews, RCMP and fellow kayakers.

On Monday morning, his kayak was found trapped in a log jam several kilometres downstream from where he had been reported missing.

READ MORE: B.C.’s police watchdog looking into man’s death after incident involving Whistler RCMP

The man has still not been found.

With rain in the forecast and the current spring run-off, police said the river is expected to be running high and fast for some time.

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The B.C. premier's announcement this week to further open the province for travel is a boon to locals who want to explore the province and stay at some of the best spots often snapped up by travellers from abroad. Communities that rely heavily on tourism say they have been preparing for months for this and are confident they will be able to host visitors in a way that keeps them, and their own residents, safe from further outbreaks of COVID-19. According to Destination B.C., the provincially funded corporation that promotes tourism in the province, residents are confident about travelling within their own province.

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