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Extensive search ongoing for man swept into Squamish River while camping

A weekend camping trip has turned into a desperate search near Squamish.

RCMP were called at 1 a.m. on Sunday after a woman reported that a man she was camping with had fallen into the Squamish River and disappeared.

The group of friends was camping up the Ashlu Forest Service Road, just north of Squamish, when the incident happened.

Witnesses reported that the man was swept into the fast running water and the group quickly lost sight of him due to darkness.

Squamish RCMP and Squamish Search and Resche immediately attended the area, receiving assistance from air and police dog services, but have not been able to locate the missing man.

"The Squamish RCMP and Squamish Search and Rescue will be working together over the next days to locate the man, but the search has been difficult and dangerous due to the high water levels and extreme current from the spring melt,” said Cpl. Sascha Banks.

"We are asking those in the area who see anything in the river or along the riverbanks to contact the RCMP immediately.”

The man, who is in his mid 20s and from Kenya, was wearing a white t-shirt, grey sweatpants and a black Adidas hoodie when he disappeared.

Squamish RCMP will not be releasing the name of the man at this time as they continue to try and locate his next of kin for notification.

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