Over the weekend, two men went out for a fishing trip in the Port Renfrew area; their failure to return was noted on Sunday, and a search was launched, by helicopter and on the water. The search was subsequently called off.
Sooke RCMP have issued the following update. Following that is a social media post from Sooke’s Search and Rescue team. The Resources includes links to external news sources following the story.
Sooke RCMP issued statement, March 29 2016
On Saturday evening, March 26th, 2016 at 2130 hours, the Sooke RCMP received a report of two men overdue from a fishing trip. They had departed from a boat launch in Port Renfrew, earlier that evening.
The coordinated search and rescue operation for these men has now been called off. The men, ages 34 and 51, both from Langford, are now considered missing persons. The Sooke RCMP will continue to investigate. The men are thought to have gone down in rough waters while fishing in the Port Renfrew area.
Jeff McArthur, S/Sgt.
Sooke RCMP Detachment
From the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke Facebook page:
March 28th, 2016
Time: Approx. 6:30am
“This morning JRCC tasked RCM-SAR Station Sooke to assist in the search for two missing men near Port Renfrew.
“We were asked to provide a shore-line search along the rugged west coast. Working closely with the CCGS vessels, RCAF Buffalo and Cormorant and the extensive on-going search over the last couple of days.
“Our search started at Otter Point, just west of Sooke, and ended in Port San Juan (Port Renfrew).
“While the weather was sunny and warm, the seas produced some good swell and surf conditions which made the searching more dangerous and harder.
“A HUGE thank you to the crew and Captain of the CCGS Sir Wilfred Laurier for inviting the crew of RCM-SAR Sooke to come aboard for a warm lunch and rest. It was greatly appreciated!
“We were stood down around 1300 and proceeded home.”
Following is RCM SAR 37 video on Youtube
- RCM-SAR Station Sooke searching for 2 missing people near Port Renfrew – Youtube
- Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke Facebook
- Searchers hunt for boaters missing off Port Renfrew – CBC
- Search for missing crab fishermen near Port Renfrew, B.C., called off – CBC
- UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Air search suspended for two men missing near Port Renfrew