The summer of 2018 has been tragic when it comes to deaths related to hiking and swimming incidents in British Columbia. After the tragic deaths of three YouTubers only a few weeks ago, another person has died after being swept away by a current in B.C.'s Golden Ears Provincial Park.
The 21-year-old man who was found dead was actually a Toronto resident on a trip visiting the province. A second 21-year-old man from Abbotsford, B.C. was injured with non-life-threatening injuries after attempting to help the Toronto man, before also being carried over the falls.
Firefighters and Ridge Medows Search and Rescue were called to the scene at around 8:00 PM on Monday night but were forced to stop at 10:00 PM because of the darkness. Due to the terrain of the park, working in the fast water after dark becomes exceptionally dangerous.
The Toronto man was found in one of the Park's pools 12 hours later on Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM.
RCMP St. Sgt. Parm Prihar said that no one expects this kind of outcome when travelling to visit one of Canada's many parks.
"Our sincerest condolences are offered to the Toronto man’s family and friends,” said Prihar. "We thank Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue for their assistance and dedication in helping to find and recover this person."
It's not the first accident to happen in Golden Ears Park, sadly. Back in 2017 a man jumping into a pool above the Golden Ear Falls was swept away by the current and killed.
In 2014, a 23-year old woman was plunged several feet below the rushing water and drowned, as well as two men drowning after a similar incident in 2013.
It's important to remember that rushing water of any kind is exceptionally dangerous. Never push yourself beyond your comfort level when hiking or swimming by large bodies of water and keep your safety first.
Source: Maple Ridge News