Hiker, 39, missing in B.C. provincial park

Search-and-rescue crews spent New Year's Day combing a provincial park in British Columbia for signs of a missing hiker.

Police said the hiker, a 39-year-old man, was last seen early Friday morning when he left family and friends at Golden Ears Provincial Park.

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The park is located in Maple Ridge, approximately 50 kilometres east of Vancouver.

The man left the site at approximately 2:30 a.m. to make a phone call then set off fireworks on the beach, police said. He did not return.

A canine unit was called to aid in the search, and crews focused their efforts along the shoreline of Alouette Lake.

Rick Laing, a rescue manager with Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, said the cold weather was a concern for crews trying to find the missing man.

"It's pretty cold out here right now. I don't know the exact temperature but it's well below freezing," Laing told CTV Vancouver Friday night, when the search had been called off for the night.

"To have been out all night and all day with no sign of him certainly is some cause for concern."

The search resumed Saturday morning.

With files from CTV Vancouver


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