Search for missing boater enters day three

PORT HARDY—Joint Rescue Coordination Centre seeks man attempting solo trip from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy via rowboat.

PORT HARDY—The search for a missing boater in the waters north of Port Hardy entered its third day Monday, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is seeking any information from boaters or members of the public who have been in the waters north of Port Hardy and who may have seen him.

The man, who is more than 70 years old, was attempting a solo journey from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy in a small rowboat.

He was last seen departing Aristazabal Island, approximately 140 miles north of Port Hardy, on July 11.

The man has not checked in with his family, and remains missing. On Saturday, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron initiated a search of the vast stretch of water and coastline north of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate the boater.

Contacted Monday afternoon, Lt. Paul Pendergast, JRCC Public Affairs Officer, said the search remained ongoing, with no confirmed sighting of the missing man.

The search is being coordinated by Joint Rescue Coordination Center Victoria and included a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and CC-115 Buffalo airplane as well as three Canadian Coast Guard ships and two rescue boats.

Any members of the public who were in the area north of Vancouver Island since 11 July and have seen this man or his rowboat are requested to call Joint Rescue Coordination Center (Victoria) at 1-800-567-5111 or Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700.