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Fishing misadventure kills Maple Ridge man near Trail

Police and the BC Coroner's Service are investigating the sudden death of a Maple Ridge man after a fishing accident near Trail, according to Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On July 3, at 1:54 p.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to an incident where a fisherman fell approximately 20 feet down the bank of the Columbia River while fishing in the area of the Waneta Bridge near Trail," Wicentowich said in a press release.

"Two other fisherman on scene witnessed the incident, immediately contacted emergency crews and provided emergency first aid measures including CPR to the Maple Ridge man in his 50s.

"Despite all the efforts of bystanders and emergency first responders at the scene, the victim was pronounced deceased. Investigators suspect that the victim may have suffered a sudden medical incident prior to his fall.

"The BC Coroners Service was notified and is also investigating. Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, his name will not be released. The RCMP and BC Coroners Service has no further information for release."

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