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Liveaboard boater missing in Nanaimo

Ryan Pratt was last seen about 4 p.m. Friday on a red aluminum skiff as he headed back to his sailboat. The skiff was later found washed up

A search is underway in Nanaimo after a man who lives on a sailboat near Hammond Bay was reported overdue by friends on Saturday.

Nanaimo RCMP said 35-year-old Ryan Pratt was last seen about 4 p.m. Friday on a red aluminum skiff as he headed back to his sailboat. The skiff was later found washed up on a nearby island, and a canoe Pratt often used was found adrift.

An extensive search of the shoreline and nearby waters by Nanaimo Search and Rescue, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and RCMP West Coast Marine Services has so far been unsuccessful.

Call Nanaimo RCMP 250-754-2345 with information.

jbell@timescolonist.com