The search for a young man who fell into the fast-moving waters of Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver has been suspended.
Late Monday afternoon, at approximately 4:30 p.m., first responders and rescuers were called to the area near the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge to respond to reports of a man who had jumped off the edge of a cliff.
He hung onto the rocks for quite awhile while rescuers were making their way down the cliffs, but he eventually lost his grasp and was swept into the waters before anyone was able to reach him.
By early evening, the man was assumed deceased as he still had not surfaced. The search for the body was to resume at first light this morning.
However, according to an update provided by RCMP, the search for the body has been suspended until further notice due to dangerous conditions in Lynn Canyon.
“After conducting an assessment, it was determined that current water levels are to high to safely conduct a recovery at this time,” reads a statement by RCMP. “Water levels will continue to be monitored and a recovery will be attempted once water levels permit it.”
A police helicopter and police boat will monitor the creek beds and Burrard Inlet throughout the day.
RCMP have not identified the man, but friends, teachers, and coaches have taken to social media and named the deceased as Coquitlam resident Cole Marsh, a senior student and lacrosse player at Terry Fox secondary school in Port Coquitlam.
Its tough seeing you go the way you did. Thanks for all our funs time together, you will be missed. R.I.P Cole Marsh.
— Jensen (@_rileyjensen) March 29, 2016
Rest In Paradise Cole Marsh ❤️
— Taylor Del Giudice (@T_DelGiudice) March 29, 2016
Rest in peace Cole Marsh. — Tyler Ewen (@tyler___ewen) March 29, 2016
Had the honour of coaching Cole Marsh for a number of years. One of the hardest working athletes I’ve met, always wanted to get better. RIP. — Jordan Lashar (@JLashar) March 29, 2016
RIP Cole Marsh. You were a great lacrosse player, gone way too soon. Rest easy — Ben Gallagher (@BGally21) March 29, 2016