Missing B.C. fishing boat found overturned

No trace yet of fishermen from Clark County, Canby and guide

By Mark Bowder, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Brooks Peninsula, Canada

Canadian search and rescue officials have found a charter fishing boat that went missing last week off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island but not the four men who had been on board.

Gerald Pash, spokesman for the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, said Saturday that a passing sport fisherman spotted the boat shortly after 1 p.m., six nautical miles offshore in Brooks Bay north of Brooks Peninsula, about 25 miles south of Winter Harbor.

Pash said a Cormorant Helicopter from 442 Search and Rescue Squadron responded and the 19-foot vessel was inspected by search and rescue technicians. The boat had overturned, and there was no sign of the four men who had been aboard when the boat departed Winter Harbor on Monday.

Missing are Peter Idlewine, 53, of Brush Prairie; Gary Evans, 54, of Vancouver; and Tony Evans, 52, of Canby, Ore. Also missing is their local fishing guide, Kevin Sturgess, 36.

“The search continues in the immediate area,” Pash said in a statement released Saturday afternoon. “Searchers are concentrating their efforts on the shoreline and Brooks Bay which was the last known position of the boat.”

Search assets include Canadian Forces Cormorant Helicopter and Buffalo Aircraft as well as Coast Guard ships and the RCMP vessel Nadon.

The craft will be recovered for further investigation.