Police are reporting one woman is dead after a tree fell on her while hiking at a popular tourist spot near Campbell River.
A 57-year-old woman and her daughter were hiking the Ripple Rock Trail, 17 kilometres north of Campbell River on Tuesday afternoon when the 57-year-old was fatally struck by a falling tree.
The daughter, who is a nurse, performed medical efforts along with another ex-military medic but were ultimately not successful.
The hiking duo was around 3 kilometres into the 4-kilometre hike. JRCC Victoria say they were called in to assist BC Ambulance around 1 p.m. following reports of a person in severe medical distress. Search and Rescue also responded, and police say the force of the tree left no hope for survival.
“The Campbell River RCMP are very sorry for loss of this mother and give their deepest condolences to her family,” said Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk.
With the assistance of the Coast Guard, the daughter and mother were taken back to Campbell River, where an investigation is being led by the Coroner’s Office.