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Search underway for two kayakers reported missing near Sidney, BC, say RCMP

RCMP say two kayakers are missing in waters near Sidney, B.C., located just north of Victoria, and a search is underway.

The Sidney/North Saanich RCMP is asking for the public’s help locating two men who went missing while kayaking from D’Arcy Island to View Beach on Saturday afternoon.

<who> Photo Credit: Canadian Press

The RCMP said the men were in a teal blue fibreglass, two−person, tandem kayak.

They are identified as Daniel MacAlpine, 36, and twenty−six−year−old Nicholas West.

Daniel MacAlpine is described as:

<who> Photo Credit: RCMP</who> Daniel MacAlpine

  • Caucasian man
  • 36-year-old Caucasian man,
  • Approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall,
  • 150 pounds

Nicolas West is described as:

<who> Photo Credit: RCMP</who> Nicolas West

  • 26-year old
  • Caucasian,
  • Approximately 6 feet, 5 inches tall,
  • 170 pounds

RCMP say members of the Central Saanich Police Department and Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization search and rescue are involved in the search, and the Joint Rescue Co−ordination Centre and Canadian Coast Guard assisting.

D’Arcy Island, once a leprosy colony from 1891 to 1924, now is part of a national park reserve in Haro Strait, about 17 kilometres from Victoria, and is a popular location for kayakers and campers.



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