Man dies after falling down Coquihalla cliff

RCMP say man lost his footing while attempting to take scenic pictures at roadside

A man who had stopped to take pictures on the side of the road has died after falling down a steep cliff.

The accident happened Tuesday morning at about 10 a.m., north of Hope on Highway 5. A man stopped his car to take photos of the scenery. Police said that he lost his footing while climbing down an embankment, falling about 30 feet.

Hope RCMP were called to assist the man, as well as an air ambulance which transported him to Royal Columbian Hospital. He was in critical condition, and then succumbed to his injuries early Wednesday morning.

“This is so tragic,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  “Our hearts and thoughts are with the victim’s family at this very difficult time.”

No name has yet been released pending next of kin notifications.  The Hope RCMP said will continue to assist the BC Coroner Service in their investigation.

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