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Search for surfer suspended

The search for a missing surfer off Vancouver Island has been suspended.

Jonah Mayhue, 29, of Sooke was last seen entering the water at Pacheedaht Beach in Port Renfrew on May 8.

Police have recovered his surfboard, but Mayhue has not been seen since. 

An extensive search involved Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue, the military's Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center, RCMP Westcoast Marine, police dogs, RCMP divers, and Parks Canada. 

In a statement, family members said: "Jonah used his surfboard to cross the Gordon River at low tide to the West Coast Trail side. He was last seen watching two gray whales rubbing on the rocks at the river’s entrance.
An hour later, Jonah’s surfboard was found on Pacheedaht beach, but there was no sign of him."

The family thanked searchers and said they would continue their own search.



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