The search for two missing fishermen, lost off the waters of Port Renfrew since Friday, has been scaled back by Search and Rescue officials.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre halted their operation at noon today, following an exhaustive search which covered land and sea, including water as far away as the Washington State border.
Searchers, including the Coast Guard, searched the rough waters off of the coastal town by air and by boat – looking for any sign of the men in the ten foot tin boat.
The Canadian Forces also sent a airplane and helicopters over the Straight of Juan de Fuca, but were unable to find any sign of the men.
Port Renfrew is well known for its difficult marine conditions, with many locals telling CHEK News they wouldn’t take their boats out on the water at this time of the year, and Friday was said to be a particularly rough day.
But with the search effort winding down, the file is now and RCMP missing persons case.
Neither the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, nor the RCMP are releasing the names of the missing men, out of respect for the families.
And while the main search operation has been called off, RCMP will use their own boat to continue the search for the men with their own boat over the next few days.