Search continues near Pemberton for missing mushroom pickers

Search continues near Pemberton for missing mushroom pickers
Photo courtesy of Comox Valley SAR.
Comox Valley SAR helicopter in Pemberton earlier this week.

Vancouver Island teams are continuing to take part in the search for a father and son reported missing after going mushroom picking near Pemberton.

According to RCMP, the two were reported missing after they went mushroom picking on Thursday.

Mounties in Pemberton say Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police called early Friday morning to request help searching for the pair.

The Lil’wat Nation has identified the mushroom pickers as Peter Oleski, 48, and his son River Leo, 21.

Police say 55 people from at least nine search and rescue teams around B.C. have joined the efforts, along with dogs and helicopters.

Search and rescue teams from Campbell River, Comox Valley, Arrowsmith, Port Alberni and Nanaimo are all taking part in the effort.

Police are asking anyone in the area of the McKenzie Basin and Upper Mckenzie Trail to keep an eye out for the two men.

On Monday, Sgt. Sascha Banks had said the weather was good for searching, but it could change later in the week.

With files from The Canadian Press.


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