Santokh Kooner

Alcohol poisoning cause of tree planter death near Revelstoke

A Khaira Enterprises employee died of alcohol poisoning after drinking with co-workers at a campground near Revelstoke.

A coroners report into the death of a tree planter at a campground near Revelstoke in June of 2010 has found the cause of death to be accidental alcohol poisoning.

Santokh Singh Kooner, 46, was found unresponsive by co-workers in the early morning hours of June 24, 2010 after a night of drinking with co-workers around a campfire at the Canada West RV Park.

At the time, Kooner was employed by Khaira Enterprises, a reforestation company that remains embroiled in controversy and legal struggles after employees at a forestry camp near Golden, B.C. were discovered living and working in deplorable conditions in the summer of 2010.

The report by local coroner Tim Loader says that a toxicology report revealed Kooner had a blood alcohol level of 0.46 per cent, “which is sufficient to cause death,” Loader writes.

The report notes Kooner was drinking around the campfire the night before, and co-workers later noted he at one point drank about three quarters of a mickey bottle (375 ml) of rum “within about one minute,” Loader writes in his report.

An ambulance from Revelstoke was dispatched to the scene just before 6 a.m. the next morning. When paramedics arrived, they found Kooner unresponsive, laying inside an industrial ambulance associated with the tree-planting operation. A co-worker was performing CPR.

The incident was not initially reported to the RCMP. An emergency room physician at Queen Victoria Hospital pronounced Kooner deceased and called to inform coroner Loader, who then informed the RCMP. Police attended the campsite to investigate and interview those present. “There was no evidence of foul play,” writes Loader.

“I find that Santokh Singh Kooner died in Revelstoke on June 24, 2010 of acute ethanol poisoning. I classify this death as accidental and make no recommendations,” Loader writes in conclusion.

Kooner’s family members had called for an investigation into the incident.


Just Posted

Snowfall warning issued for Highway 1 from east of Sicamous to Golden

Environment Canada says to expect 15-30 cm of snow by Thursday evening

Q and A with MLA Doug Clovechok for Columbia River Revelstoke

Columbia River Treaty, Three Valley Gap improvements, caribou, and invasive species were discussed

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Cafe opens in U.S. named Revelstoke Coffee

The owners visited Revelstoke two years ago, loved it and decided to name their business after it

Revelstoke council to hear first proposed cannabis store application

Starbuds would be located at 109 Connaught Ave.

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Single-bridge option chosen to replace Highway 1 bridge in Sicamous

Five-lane span selected over plan with second bridge at Sicamous’ Main Street

Submissions sought for UBC Okanagan’s annual fiction competition

University’s annual short-story contest enters its 21st year

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

Most Read