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Swimmer found safe on beach after major search effort

Some scary moments for a Coquitlam woman visiting the Sunshine Coast on the long weekend.

RCMP say the woman went out for a swim from Georgia Beach around 6:30 Saturday evening. She was last seen headed toward Gibsons Marina.

She was reported missing an hour later.

RCMP called in Search and Rescue, RCM-SAR and the Coast Guard, and after an extensive search on land and water the woman was found, unharmed.

She told police she’d been caught up by a strong current, but managed to reach a rock, where she she stayed for two hours before being helped to shore by passing boaters.

RCMP says the incident should serve as a reminder to be mindful of water hazards and currents, and to make sure you tell someone before hitting the water.

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