A 16 year old Brazilian local exchange student died while snowboarding on Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.
On Friday, November 29, 2013 at approximately 7:00 pm, the snowboarder became separated from his friends. Unfortunately, he ventured off the main trail and fell approximately 30 feet striking a tree.
Grouse Mountain staff began an immediate and thorough search that was impeded by heavy fog and sleet. The North Shore Search and Rescue were called out around 10:30 pm. Just after midnight the snowboarder was located. After extensive resuscitation efforts, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The North Vancouver RCMP along with the BC Coroners Service are continuing their investigation. No foul play suspected. The victim was not wearing a helmet – a factor considered to be a contributing cause of death.
Family in Brazil has been notified along the local home stay family. North Vancouver Victim Services are offering support to those grieving this tragedy.
“This is a most unfortunate and tragic accident which took the life of a young man,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. “Our condolences go out to both family and friends at this time.”
Source: RCMP | Featured Image: Cristian Kber / Shutterstock