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NSR searching area near Grouse Mountain for missing British tourist
North Shore Rescue is combing the Crown Creek drainage area near Grouse Mountain for missing British tourist Tom Billings.
"We're searching for him," confirmed NSR leader Tim Jones at just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Jones said a NSR helicopter was in the air and tracks had been spotted but there's no way of telling if they belong to Billings. "We don't know if the tracks are his."
The helicopter has since been grounded due to darkness but Jones said a dozen NSR members are continuing the search by ground.
"It's a treacherous spot," said Jones.
Yesterday, the Vancouver Police Department issued a missing person appeal about the British man who was last seen on Nov. 25.
Since releasing that information to the public, the VPD received several credible tips and launched a search along with NSR in the North Shore mountains.
Billings, 22, is described as a Caucasian male, five-seven and 160 pounds with short blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and military-style pants.
Police said in a release that he's "a seasoned traveller and an avid hiker. He had discussed a number of locations he wanted to visit and hike in the Lower Mainland, including the North Shore mountains."
According to the VPD, Billings was planning to travel to the U.S. at the end of November and then return to England on Dec. 7. "His family and friends have not heard from him and are concerned for his well-being. His disappearance is completely out of character," stated the release.
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