In a statement released Sunday afternoon, the Outer Gulf Islands RCMP said two men on a three-metre, double-rower rowboat left Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island late Friday night en route to their sailboat on Mayne Island.
The men were trying to secure the sailboat, which had been drifting in high winds from a previous storm, said RCMP Const. Tyson Gould.
While en route the rowboat capsized. Gould said. One of the men managed to swim to Mayne Island, where he was able to contact the coast guard and the RCMP to report his friend missing.
Several agencies, including the Canadian Coast Guard, Comox Search and Rescue and the Sea Island hovercraft along with volunteers participated in a ground, water and air search.
Late Sunday afternoon, Gould said the searchers found the man's life jacket and other items from the row boat, but did not find the man.
The man is in his early twenties with blonde hair and a slim build said police. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with blue jeans and gum-boots.