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Chinese tourist drowns in Robson River

A 53-year-old Chinese tourist is dead after he fell into the Robson River near Valemount Friday.

Valemount RCMP say the man and two friends were walking along the lower section of the Berg Lake trail when he slipped and fell into the Robson River. His companions could not reach him and the man was swept away by the fast moving water.

Valemount RCMP, Robson Valley SAR, BC Parks, Parks Canada and BC Ambulance attended however, the man was located deceased approximately 800 metres downstream from where he fell in. A swift water rescue team led by Parks Canada (Jasper) was called to recover the man from the river.

This area is the same location that saw the drowning death of a German tourist in June.

“The water moves extremely fast in this area of the river and tragedy, such as this, can happen in seconds,” said Cpl Jacob Joslin, Valemount RCMP. “The RCMP would like to remind people to be extra vigilant when hiking near water.”

BC Coroners Service has conduct of the investigation and the RCMP have no further information to release. For privacy purposes, neither the RCMP or BC Coroners service will be releasing the identity of the man. 

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