Search called off on north coast

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Search called off on north coast

The search has been called off for a boater in his 70′s, missing on the north coast.

He was attempting a solo journey in a rowboat from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on nothern Vancouver Island, and was last seen leaving Aristazabal Island 140-miles north of Port Hardy on July 11th.

Despite a complete search of the entire route three times by a Cormorant helicopter and a Buffalo aircraft from CFB Comox, no a trace of the man was found.

He was an experienced outdoorsman and did have an emergency beacon with him.

It’s now been turned over to Prince Rupert RCMP as a missing persons case.


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  1. Three trips X2 at 100 mph for the helicopter and who knows what speed for the fixed wing. and at what altitude. A 70 year old can be more fit than most 40 year olds. There are more than six options to transit the iinside passage.
    He may still be enjoying himself. He has lots of fish and fresh water along the way.
    Good that the young military pilots got some stick time though.

  2. This guy is in his 70′s …….. old enough to be making his own decisions. At the risk of sounding cold-hearted, why do we spend the money, time and effort to look for this guy who made a decision to go a ridiculous trip ??

    • I don’t think your cold hearted. I do think you are stressing in the wrong place. It’s good those young pilots got some flight time. Our military pilots get very little. A better place to stress about wasted money would be the site-C dam. It is too far from Southern BC where the power is needed. You lose a lot of power trying to transmit it that far.