A 70-year-old man has gone missing roughly midway through a solo rowboat journey from Prince Rupert on B.C.'s north coast to Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.

Crews aboard a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, a CC-115 Buffalo airplane, three Canadian Coast Guard ships and two rescue boats have been scouring the water and coastlines of B.C.'s central and north coasts in search of the rower, officials with the Department of National Defence's Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Esquimalt say.

The man was last seen at Aristazabal Island, which is approximately 225 kilometres north of his intended destination — Port Hardy — on Friday, July 11.

He failed to check in with his family as planned.

Anyone who saw the man or his small rowboat since July 11 are asked to call the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at 1-800-567-5111 or Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700.

On mobile? Click here to see a map of the area where the rower went missing.


  • An earlier version of this story mistakenly wrote that the rower was headed north from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. He, in fact, has been travelling south from Prince Rupert.
    Jul 20, 2014 2:28 PM PT