26-year-old hunting guide dies near Kemano River

A fatal fall from a cliff led to the death of a young hunting guide near Kitimat.

Kitimat RCMP say they were alerted to a personal satellite becon activated up the Kemano River near Kitimat at around 8:48 p.m. on November 10.

Information was gathered that a hunting guide had fallen off a cliff.

The Joint Rescue Command Center out of Comox activated a rescue squadron to assist in the rescue, however the person was not located until 8:40 a.m. the next morning. The guide had by then succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The individual has since been identified as Jeffery Allan Wayne Ripley, 26, of Lethbridge, Alberta.

The BC Coroners Service says on November 10 Ripley was guiding a party of hunters on a trip in remote mountains, about an hour from Kemano. At 4 p.m. he lost his footing and fell over a cliff, estimated to be 100 metres high.

The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP are continuing the investigate the death.

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