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Weather postpones search for second man in Gold Creek

05/12/2013 04:08 EDT | Updated 07/12/2013 05:12 EDT
Treacherous conditions have postponed the search for a second man who was swept over the falls in Golden Ears provincial park on Friday.

Crews say conditions are too dangerous for searchers to continue today as the creek has turned into a raging river, with melting snow and heavy rains along coastal mountains.

On Saturday, an RCMP helicopter and at least a dozen search and rescue crew members as well as family and friends of the victims were out searching for the body.

"People, I think, really underestimate the force of the water, what it's capable of doing ... they certainly need to know the risks," said Richard Laing, team manager for the Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue.

"If they're going to be on the water, they need to be in a personal floatation device and have all the proper equipment for the sports that they're undertaking."

Laing said crews will not return to Gold Creek until conditions improve.

The 21-year-old man and his 19-year-old friend were swept away by the fast moving current while they were swimming in Gold Creek on Friday.

The men were swimming in an area that is considered to be safe in the summer but can be dangerous at this time of year.

The body of a 19-year-old man was found Friday evening.

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