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Senior dead in West Vancouver canyon fall

It’s not the first time in 2023 that someone has died in that area.
West Vancouver Fire and Rescue members prepare to recover the body of man who died after a fall into Cypress Creek Canon. | Pat Bell

West Vancouver police say a senior has died after a fall into Cypress Creek Canyon.

The incident happened just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The man had come to area with a large tour group. They were walking along the canyon just north of Cypress Falls Park’s boundaries when he slipped and fell 200 feet down into the canyon.

West Vancouver Fire & Rescue was tasked with recovering the man’s body.

“A life was lost today. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the individual.” said Const. Nicole Braithwaite. “Our Victim Services Team is working to assist the individuals who witnessed the incident, the family of the deceased male, as well as the members who attended.”

Police will not be releasing the name of the deceased at the request of his family but Braithwaite said he was a Chinese national who had been travelling in Canada for the last three months, and he does have family who live in the province.

It is not the first death of 2023 in Cypress Creek. In May, a man was swept down the rushing creek when he attempted to rescue his dog after it had fallen in.

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