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NORTH SAANICH — RCMP say two kayakers are missing in waters near Sidney just north of Victoria, and a search is underway.

The Sidney/North Saanich RCMP is asking for the public’s help locating two men who went missing while kayaking from D’Arcy Island to View Beach on Saturday afternoon.

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The RCMP say the men were in a teal blue fibreglass, two-person, tandem kayak.

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They are identified as Daniel MacAlpine, 36, and twenty-six-year-old Nicholas West.

RCMP say members of Central Saanich Police Department and Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization search and rescue are involved in the search, and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Canadian Coast Guard assisting.

D’Arcy Island, once a leprosy colony from 1891 to 1924, now is part of a national park reserve in Haro Strait, about 17 kilometres from Victoria, and is a popular location for kayakers and campers.

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