A Revelstoke man is dead after falling from a ridge while hiking on Eagle Pass Mountain near Revelstoke Monday afternoon.
“The subject stumbled and fell a long way – maybe 1,000 vertical feet,” Revelstoke Search and Rescue manager Buck Corrigan told the Times Review.
The incident happened in the mid-afternoon on Monday on a sub-peak of Eagle Pass Mountain. The victim, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was hiking with three friends when he fell from a cliff into the drainage below.
Revelstoke Search and Rescue was called out to the scene by BC Ambulance at around 5 p.m. “When we first went out we thought the subject was still alive but while we were in the air we found out that BC Ambulance was already on the scene and confirmed he was deceased,” Corrigan said.
When search and rescue arrived by helicopter they realized they wouldn’t be able to remove the victim from the mountain but they did pick up his friends. Search and Rescue returned with the RCMP Tuesday morning to retrieve the victim’s body using a specialized helicopter sling, Corrigan said.
“He was in a really, really steep location,” he said.
This was the second helicopter rescue Revelstoke Search and Rescue was called out to in the last two weeks. On Aug. 23 it was called out to rescue a 51-year-old man who suffered multiple fractures after falling down a steep couloir on Dunn Peak near Kamloops.