Search in Sooke ramps up as weather worsens

Search in Sooke ramps up as weather worsens
Search crews on the Sooke River Monday. They are looking for a missing 20-year-old after a deadly crash.

Search efforts in Sooke have ramped up, as weather in the area deteriorates Tuesday.

They are hoping to find a young man from a deadly crash.

Friends say A.J. Jensen is still missing. He and his friends Eric Blackmore and Cory Mills went out for a drive Friday. When they didn’t return home, a massive search was launched on Saturday. Their truck was found in Sooke River Sunday, two bodies were also found down the river.

“A helicopter was supposed to come today to help us search Sooke River and Sooke Basin,” said Kathryn Farr of Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue.

“But [due to weather] it’s been stood down.”

The freezing level at lower elevations means the aircraft is unable to fly. Water levels in the river are also expected to rise by Tuesday afternoon.

They say the pilot will continue to monitor the weather to see if they can join the search.

“We have RCM-SAR sweeping the basin, and teams are continuing to hit the river hard,” added Farr.

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