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Canada Whistler RCMP find missing paddler's kayak in Cheakamus River

21:52  23 june  2020
21:52  23 june  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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a group of people riding on the back of a boat in the water: FILE PHOTO – Whistler RCMP have found the kayak belonging to man who went missing on the Cheakamus River Monday night. © BONNY MAKAREWICZ FILE PHOTO – Whistler RCMP have found the kayak belonging to man who went missing on the Cheakamus River Monday night.

Whistler RCMP have found the kayak belonging to man who went missing on the Cheakamus River Monday night.

Police say the man was paddling with friends along the river near MacLaurin’s Crossing Suspension Bridge around 6:15 p.m. when his kayak overturned and he was swept away.

The RCMP, Whistler search and rescue and the Whistler Fire Rescue swift water team scoured the river for the missing man until the search was suspended due to darkness at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, searchers discovered the man’s kayak trapped in log jam, several kilometers downstream from where he had been reported missing.

The man, who has not been identified, has still not been found.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes says the water on the Cheakamus is complicating the search.

“The river in the search area is currently running very high and fast which has made searching difficult and extremely dangerous for searches both on the water and at the shoreline,” said Hayes. “With the current run off and rain forecasted in the area it is expected that the river will be running high and fast for some time.”

Missing kayaker’s boat found in river near Whistler, B.C. .
A kayaker who'd been out with friends was reported to have overturned in the Cheakamus River on Sunday evening.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.

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