Search continues for missing Colin Court at Cowichan Lake

RCMP still hoping someone will come forward with further information

The search is ongoing for 70-year-old Colin Court. (Photo submitted)

Cowichan Search and Rescue crews were recalled Friday morning in the search for missing 70-year-old Colin Court, according Cpl. Chris Manseau, RCMP communications officer.

On Nov. 16, the Lake Cowichan RCMP were contacted after a kayak was found floating unattended near Little Shaw Creek in Youbou.

The Lake Cowichan RCMP and others have been engaged in looking for Court since that time. An extensive search of the area was done by Cowichan and Ladysmith Search and Rescue volunteers. The BC RCMP Underwater Recovery Team also conducted a search of the area where Court was last seen on Nov. 18.

Cowichan Search and Rescue had been temporarily stood down in the search but have since been asked to resume the search.

“They’re specialized they know the area, they’ve got all the equipment,” Manseau explained. They’re the experts.”

The officer said there’s no updates about the case and nothing to indicate an area to focus on.

“They’re continuing their investigation,” Manseau said.

Court was last seen by his friends and family the night before, at his own birthday party, and was excited to head out on the water the following morning.

An avid fly fisherman, Court is believed to have set out near Shaw Creek on Lake Cowichan. His overturned kayak was spotted near the shore at the far end of the lake and RCMP said a motorist located his car at Little Shaw Campground, some 15 kilometres west of the community of Youbou.

On Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 SAR groups scoured the area for the man while Court’s family gathered at one of their homes in Youbou and waited for word from authorities.

The Lake Cowichan RCMP is continuing to work with the E-Division URT to determine how best to continue the search for the missing man.

Unfortunately, Court has not yet been located, said Cpl. David Motley, with the Lake Cowichan RCMP Detachment.

“The area of Cowichan Lake in which Mr. Court went missing becomes very deep only a short distance from shore, creating challenges to the ongoing search efforts. However, our efforts have not stopped looking for him,” he said.

The investigation continues and the Lake Cowichan RCMP request that anyone with any additional information phone 250-749-6668 or attend the Lake Cowichan RCMP Office at 70 Stanley Rd, Lake Cowichan and reference police file 2019-2000.

— with a file from Lexi Bainas, Lake Cowichan Gazette

Just Posted

North Cowichan approves retail cannabis shop at Mount Sicker Road

Still waiting on business licence from the province

New water storage reservoir to be constructed in Crofton

Project will see an increase in the area’s water security

Striking Western Forest Products workers willing to ‘modify position’ if talks progress

Brian Butler, USW 1-1937 president, says union and WFP to meet Thursday, Dec. 12

The Russell clan finds a comfort zone in Chemainus

Family gathering with two parents and five kids a common scene around town

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Most Read