A Cormorant helicopter is being used in the search for two kayakers, reported missing April 22, 2019 in the vicinity of Lasqueti Island. — File photo

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

UPDATE: Reports from SAR Technicians of the RCAF Cormorant Helicopter and the crew of CCG Cape Cockburn indicate the two missing kayakers were located safe in Welcome Bay.

The search is on for two kayakers, reported missing in the vicinity of Lasqueti Island.

The Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was contacted at approximately 10 p.m. on April 22 regarding the kayakers, who failed to return from a trip near the island.

The Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant Helicopter and Buffalo Aircraft out of Canadian Forces Base Comox, as well as Canadian Coast Guard Ships (CCG) Cape Caution, CCG Cape Cockburn, CCG M. Charles M.B., RCM-SAR 12 Auxiliary Boat out of Secret Cove and RCM-SAR 59 Auxiliary Boat were dispatched to help in the search.

READ MORE: Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

The JRCC also issued a notice asking boaters in the search area to be on the lookout for the two missing individuals.

The weather overnight hampered search efforts in the 288-square-kilometre search area with low visibility, high wind and waves. The weather conditions are improving this morning with calm seas and improving visibility as morning mist on the water dissipates. Currently, the search area encompasses the Malaspina Strait and the Sabine Channel off Lasqueti and Texada Islands.

The kayakers were last seen in a blue 15-foot sea kayak and an 18-foot red-and-white ocean kayak.

fb

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo RCMP seek witnesses after assault leaves man with broken facial bones

Incident occurred 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, near Superstore, say police

Scouting report promising for Nanaimo Clippers with training camp around the corner

BCHL scouts Island Division champs as league anticipates 2020-21 season

Two motorcycles crash on Nanaimo’s Terminal Avenue, one rider injured

Collision happened at 9 a.m. Thursday near Cypress Street intersection

Sport performance centre’s physically distanced fitness program fuels food bank

Prime Sport Performance and Therapy presents $3,000 to Loaves and Fishes

Regional District of Nanaimo exploring mountain biking as an economic driver

Nanaimo Hospitality Association executive says coordinated trail network could lead to job creation

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 12

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Captive fawn seized from Island home

Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Most Read