Cowichan Search & Rescue searches for missing 70-year-old man


At the edge of Cowichan Lake, search and rescue members are looking for a missing man.

70-year-old Colin Court was last seen Thursday.

“He likes to fly fish and he notified his family that he was coming out here to do some fishing and that’s the last that we’ve heard from him,” said Patty Abbott, a Search Manager with Cowichan Search & Rescue.

Court celebrated his birthday with family on Thursday.

And a family member says he was excited to go out fishing the next day.

It’s the North Cowichan man’s favourite hobby as he’s an avid fly fisherman who has fished all across Vancouver Island in all kinds of weather.

RCMP say a motorist found Court’s truck parked at the Little Shaw campground on Cowichan Lake on Saturday and reported it as suspicious.

The campground is 15 kilometres west of Youbou.

After determining Court hadn’t returned home from his fishing trip, police called in search and rescue last night.

They spent hours looking for him but rains hampered their progress so they had to call off the search until daylight this morning.

“We’re about 20 volunteers out here today with Ladysmith and Cowichan,” said Abbott.

“We’re doing searches along the shoreline, along the road and again along the lake looking for any possible sign of our subject.”

Court’s kayak was found overturned near the shore.

But searchers are holding out hope they’ll be able to find him and reunite him with his family.

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