A 16-year-old boy died after an incident at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver.
Around 4 pm on Friday, North Vancouver RCMP, along with fire and ambulance crews, responded to reports of an unresponsive person who was pulled from the water at Twin Falls in Lynn Canyon, after being swept away by strong currents and pulled underwater.
Emergency crews arrived on scene and were required to perform an 18-metre rope rescue in order to remove him from the isolated area of the park.
The boy was quickly taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.
“This is a devastating situation,” said North Vancouver RCMP Const. Brett Cunningham.
Cunningham said police continue to work with park officials and the District of North Vancouver to prevent these types of incidents from happening.
However, he said, “high-risk behaviour continues in spite of fences and cautionary signs posted by park officials.”
The boy, an American from Pennsylvania, was in Vancouver visiting family.
“We want to thank the public and bystanders who assisted in pulling the youth from the water,” said Cunningham.
“This is an extremely tragic situation for the family and friends of the youth. We recognize that the family is mourning the loss of their son and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”