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Drunk Cliff Jumper Rescued From Lynn Canyon: North Van Fire

Drunk Cliff Jumper Rescued From Lynn Canyon: North Van Fire
Drunk Cliff Jumper Rescued From Lynn Canyon: North Van Fire

Just days after someone drowned in Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver, a man had to be rescued after jumping off a cliff while drunk this past weekend.

Chris Byrom, deputy fire chief for the North Vancouver District, told CityNews that alcohol is illegal in the park, even though it’s warm outside.

“We had a person who was unfortunately drunk and jumped off the cliff. We had to rescue him and bring him up,” he said.

“It’s a family place, and there are a lot of families around, and alcohol is strictly prohibited.”

Byrom says that while the gorge is a beautiful place to be on a hot day, it is also a dangerous place to swim.

“Everyone goes into the canyon to swim, enjoy themselves and cool off. It is still an extremely dangerous place to be,” that is for sure.

On Wednesday, a man in his 20s drowned while cliff jumping at the popular swimming spot.

The police and several other emergency services received a report around 5 p.m. about a swimmer in distress.

“It was reported that a young man who jumped off the cliffs of Twin Falls had jumped and was submerged in the water,” RCMP Const. Mansoor Sahak said Thursday.

Sahak says the man could not swim, had never jumped off a cliff before, and drowned. He says rescuers were able to find the man but took 30 minutes to save him. Sahak says the man was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.