This is every hiker's worst nightmare. According to officials, an Alberta man died after falling from a B.C. waterfall on a popular hiking trail. The man’s body was discovered by a fellow hiker.
According to a press release by Columbia Shuswap Regional District, a 53-year-old Alberta man fell to his death near a popular waterfall in the Shuswap region of B.C.
Sicamous RCMP told Global News that the hiker ventured off a marked trail before falling at around 12 p.m. on July 29. According to Global News, the man was on Sicamous Creek Trails, which is a recreational, entry-level hike.
Police were called to the area just before noon after a fellow hiker discovered the man's body on the trail at the base of the 30-metre cliff.
Following the discovery, the trail was closed as officials worked to recover the body, according to the police press release. Due to the steep and rugged terrain, Shuswap Search and Rescue were called in to assist RCMP.
Sgt. Murray McNeil spoke with Global News about the situation calling it a “tragic accident.” The investigation is still ongoing.
This is not the first time a person has fallen to their death from the trails. On May 15, a 27-year-old man fell from the cliff above the falls.
About one month ago, another similar incident occurred that, thankfully, did not claim a life. According to officials, a 28-year-old man fell 60 feet off a mountain all because he was trying to pee.
The Kelowna man was allegedly on Dilworth Mountain and riding his BMX bike when all of a sudden, he felt the urge to pee. While doing his business off the side of the mountain, he fell.
While these stories may come as a shock, selfie-related deaths in Canada are also on the rise. These selfies typically have to do with people doing extreme things, like going out of bounds or leaning over tall ledges, for a quick picture.