There was still no sign Wednesday of a canoeist who went missing on the Yukon River north of Dawson City over the weekend, as police and volunteer searchers continued their search efforts.
Tyson Foxcroft, 26, was last seen at about 2 a.m. PT Saturday, when he was heading down the Yukon River with a group of 13 friends as part of a canoe trip.
Paddling solo in his canoe, he was separated from the group on a small island, then disappeared.
"It's kind of hard. Reality hasn't really set in," Chad Dyce, a friend of Foxcroft, told CBC News on Wednesday.
"The fact that you can't find him and there's a lot of questions.… What actually occurred? It's pretty rough."
Dyce is among dozens of friends who have been searching the Yukon River along with RCMP officers over the last five days.
Searchers have recovered some of Foxcroft's belongings, Sgt. Dan Gaudet said.
"His two dogs were found on an island on the Yukon River. We did find his canoe," Gaudet said.
"We also did find a lifejacket further down river that we believe is from his canoe as well."
Foxcroft is originally from Sarnia, Ont., but has been working in the Yukon's exploration industry off and on for the last couple of years, friends said.
Crews were out again Wednesday to search the riverbanks and small islands in the quick-flowing Yukon River. RCMP could not say how long the official search will go on.
"I think at the end of the day they have to reassess and see what the efforts are going to produce, and sometime they're going to have to come to a conclusion that the search has to end," Dyce said.
"But I think they're not ready to give up at this point."
Dyce said he has been impressed with the outpouring of support from Dawson City residents and Foxcroft's friends.