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Search and Rescue

 Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue heading into Victoria Harbor for a training exercise Wednesday evening.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Separated by a ferry ride and an international boundary, Port Angeles and Victoria have a few things in common.

Both are port cities oriented around the water. Both cities have stunning views and a quirky vibe that attract many visitors. 

Both cities are also Coast Guard outposts in their countries. That's likely a comfort for those who spend time diving or boating in the straits separating Port Angeles and Victoria. But in practice, it looks a little different.

Deputies are searching for a woman missing in a southwest Washington national forest who is naked because she was going on a spiritual quest.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox told The Columbian the 19-year-old Vancouver woman was wearing only a fanny pack with a compass and a knife about 5 p.m. Sunday when she left the Canyon Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

She was supposed to return that night. A friend reported her missing around midnight.

The search for a skydiver who went missing near Mount Si last week has been called off for now.

The King County Sheriff’s office says they’ve scoured every angle of the area where he might have landed that they could get to on foot. Foggy weather is preventing their next move: taking a helicopter into the cliffs and ravines where the missing man could have taken shelter if he survived.

But who pays for such rescues?

Every winter we hear about skiers and snow boarders at nearby ski resorts who end up in dangerous situations after wandering into areas marked “off limits."  That often triggers expensive search and rescue operations.