One of two men missing in B.C. is from Cochrane

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A search is underway for a Cochrane man and his companion who went missing in the East Kootenay region of B.C. over the weekend.

Teams are concentrating their search in an area between Whitetail Lake and Canal Flats, B.C.

RCMP say reports that Nick Hoefnagels of Cochrane and Stephen Thomson from Canal Flats were missing came in Sunday, June 9 around 2:30 am.

The two were camping at the lake when Hoefnagles, 18, and Thomson, 21, are said to have ventured into town about 25 kilometers away to pick up some dirt bikes. No one had seen them since June 8 at 3 pm.

The geography of the area is being called "extremely challenging" with a very deep river and many dirt roads.

Search and rescue personnel from all over the region are working to find the two men, and say some of their personal items have been found.

RCMP have said that at a point along a service road they spotted on June 10, there was evidence a vehicle had lost control and rolled down an embankment into a creek.

In what police are calling "a frustrating case", high water levels have cut visibility for RCMP dive members involved in the search.

The vehicle the pair was last seen driving is a red Chevrolet pick-up with mag wheels, a standard cab and low profile with Alberta plates.

An RCMP helicopter is scanning the area along the creek to assist with the search.

Police add that family and friends of the missing men have assembled at the site and are in the company of Victim Services.

RCMP ask that anyone in the region who believes they've seen the men or their pick-up to please call 911.

More details to come as they become available.