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Missing teens’ canoe found in lake near Merritt, B.C.

Two teenagers from Langley, B.C., are missing in the southern Interior and their half-submerged canoe has been found in Nicola Lake, just east of Merritt.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore says a full-scale search began when the boys, aged 16 and 17, did not return from a trip to the Merritt area on Sunday.

Their partially sunken canoe was spotted by a rescue helicopter early Monday morning, along the south side of Nicola Bay, about 300 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

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Const. Dunsmore says the last known sighting of the pair was at about noon, Sunday.

She says a shoreline search of the lake is underway and the RCMP dive team has also been called.

The names of the two youths have not been released.

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