Three men missing in waters near Tofino after boat capsizes

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      Weekend searches for three men who went missing in waters near Tofino, B.C., on Vancouver Island have been unsuccessful thus far.

      Tofino RCMP received a call after 3 a.m. on June 15 about three who had gone missing in the water near Duffin Cove after their six-metre tin boat overturned.

      A group of five men, from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, had been in the boat.

      Two of the men were located—one was rescued from the water while another swam ashore—but the three other men remain missing and the boat has not been located.

      A search was launched with the Coast Guard, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, the RCMP West Coast marine section, and the RCMP underwater recovery team.

      According to CBC News, the search has since been scaled back and transferred to Tofino RCMP as a missing persons case. However, community members and volunteers continued to search the shoreline and waters for the men.

      The names of the missing men have not yet been released.

      The news arrives after three other men, in unrelated cases, went missing on Vancouver Island in late May.

      Two men travelling together, Daniel Archibald and Ryan Daley, were last seen on May 16, leaving Ucluelet Small Craft Harbour. The case has been taken over by the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU).

      Anyone who knows of their whereabouts is asked to call VIIMCU at 250-380-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      On the same day, 41-year-old Benjamin John Kilmer also went missing from Cowichan Lake Road near Duncan, B.C. His van was found running along with small drops of blood.

      Anyone with information about Kilmer is asked to call North Cowichan and Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers  at 1-800-222-8477.

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