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Saanich man, 20, missing after canoe capsizes off Ten Mile Point

Jul 07 2012

A young Saanich man is missing after his canoe capsized last night in the waters off Ten Mile Point.

A Cormorant helicopter and Buffalo aircraft are currently searching the area. The search has been ongoing since about 10:45 last night.

"There is lots of action," said Troy Haddock, Coast Guard officer, maritime co-ordinator with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

Another man, also from Saanich, who had been in the canoe was rescued and treated for hypothermia by paramedics, then brought to the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

He was in fairly stable condition, but "cold and shaken up," said Haddock. It is not known whether or not he has been released from the hospital.

Neither of the men were wearing life jackets, said Haddock, but he doesn't believe alcohol was involved.

The canoe capsized around 10:45 last night after the men encountered fairly large waves in Baynes Channel, said Haddock.

The current flows fairly rapidly through the channel between Cadboro Point and Chatham islands.

Both men are about 20-years-old, Saanich police said.

Around 10:45 p.m. Friday night, Saanich police responded to a call from someone who could hear cries for help off Ten Mile Point. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre deployed resources for the search, which includes Oak Bay and Saanich waters.

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