Burnaby/Harrison Hot Springs – The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a fall in the vicinity of Rainbow Falls near Harrison Hot Springs on Sept. 5, 2015.
Initially Kent Harrison Search and Rescue went to the call but they could not revive the man. Chilliwack SAR were on standby.
He was Jason George, aged 26, of Burnaby.
Mr. George was camping with friends in the Harrison area, and he was hiking on the east side of Harrison Lake. Mr. George was climbing a cliff to get a better view of Rainbow Falls when he fell to a plateau at the base of the falls.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.
Mr. George’s family has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.
Agassiz RCMP said this in their release:
Agassiz: On Saturday September 5, 2015 at approximately 5:22 P.M. police received a report a man had fallen from a cliff while climbing to Rainbow Falls on East Harrison Forest Service Road while another was stranded on the cliff.
“The party was a group of 4 young men camping at Cogburn Beach. When one of the men tried to climb to the water falls he fell from the cliff into the river. Another member from the group attempted to climb down to him and became trapped on the cliff,” said Sgt. Darren Rennie of Agassiz RCMP.
RCMP supported by Kent Harrison Search and Rescue and BC Ambulance immediately responded to the scene where the stranded male was rescued from the cliff uninjured while the male in the river had succumbed to his injuries.
BC Coroner Service and police continue to investigate the death of the 26-year-old Burnaby man. Foul play is not suspected.
“The back country, although beautiful, is dangerous. Police remind everyone who enjoys these remote regions of our area to always remain aware of the dangers nature presents,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.
Further media enquiries are to be directed to the BC Coroners Service.