Search for missing surfer suspended on west coast

The family of missing surfer Jonah Mayhue expressed gratitude Wednesday for the “unrelenting dedication” shown by searchers since the 29-year-old went missing May 8.

“At this time search and rescue has suspended its extensive land, air and sea search for Jonah,” the family said in a statement issued through the Sooke RCMP.

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The statement pointed out his movements.

“Jonah used his surfboard to cross the Gordon River at low tide to the West Coast Trail side,” it said. “He was last seen watching two gray whales rubbing on the rocks at the river’s entrance.”

Jonah’s surfboard was found an hour later on Pacheedaht Beach, but there was no sign of him.

“We will continue to search for Jonah,” the statement said. “Anyone with information that could help us is asked to contact Sooke RCMP at 250-652-5241.

“We request privacy at this time but look forward to sharing everyone’s memories of our son and brother.”

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