Canadian Embassy accused by friend ‘doing nothing’
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Friends and family have spent about $120,000 in the search for a Vancouver man apparently swept out to sea after he tried to help another swimmer in the Dominican Republic, Hady Quan’s best friend said yesterday.
Frank Colt, who has known Quan for 15 years, accused the Canadian Embassy of "doing nothing," leaving friends and relatives to take it upon themselves to find the businessman missing since Friday.
"Two friends left Vancouver (yesterday) and another two or three friends are leaving (today)," Colt said. "We hired helicopters (yesterday) and we’ll have six divers out in the water (today)."
Quan was in the ocean with girlfriend Tiffany Weiland in front of the Excellence Punta Cana Resort and Spa on the island’s east coast when they heard a man screaming. As they swam toward the man, they felt the pull of the ocean’s tide. Rescuers on boogie boards helped take Weiland and the man in distress to shore, leaving Quan behind as he appeared to be swimming well.
Colt, recounting Weiland’s description of events, said Quan never made it to the beach and that the original man in distress died. Officials have not yet confirmed the death.
"The U.S. Coast Guard is helping by providing maps and telling us what to do," Colt said.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department confirmed that a Canadian citizen is missing off the Dominican Republic, but have not released details.