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Intoxicated man rescued after Lynn Canyon cliff jump

The rescue comes just days after another young man drowned in the area
District of North Vancouver rescue crews pulled an injured man from Lynn Canyon, July 7, 2024.| Courtesy of Pat Bell

A man had to be rescued from Lynn Canyon over the weekend after attempting to cliff jump while intoxicated, just a few days after a swimmer died in the same area.

Around 8 p.m. Saturday, District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services members were called to rescue an intoxicated man in his 20s, said Deputy Chief Chris Byrom.

“He had attempted to do some cliff jumping after consuming alcohol and he wasn’t doing too well,” he said.

Park rangers were able to successfully carry out a rescue and the DNVFRS arrived at the popular tourist destination to find a “very panicked, very apologetic” man, said Byrom.

“The crews on scene did a fantastic job. They got him out of the water and down into a safe place where we were able to come in and assess him, package him and transfer him out.”

The man was sent to hospital for further care.

Saturday had been an especially busy day in the canyon as a result of the weekend’s heatwave conditions. Hot weather often results in a loss of inhibitions from visitors, said Byrom.

The incident comes just days after a 21-year-old man died after plunging from Lynn Canyon’s Twin Falls.

The swimmer had hit a hidden rock while going over the second falls, submerging him underwater for 20 minutes until he was able to be located and pulled to shore by responders. He was flown to a waiting ambulance, which rushed him to Vancouver General Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

Both incidents should serve as reminders of the perils of swimming and cliff diving throughout Lynn Canyon Park, Byrom said, adding how alcohol is “absolutely prohibited” and the popular spot should be “a safe place” for all who visit.

“It’s warm out, and everyone wants to experience that nice, cold, fresh water. It’s a great experience for everyone, but we really just want to stress that there are a lot of dangers in the canyon,” he said. “This is a place where people go to experience these beautiful waters but it is extremely dangerous.”

And on Sunday, a man in his 40s required a rope rescue after taking a fall off the trail near Twin Falls. 

Mina Kerr-Lazenby is the North Shore News’ Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.

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