A man in his 20s is dead after a surfing accident off Long Beach Saturday afternoon.
Rescue crews, including two regular ambulances and an air ambulance, were called to the incident at around 3:40 p.m.
The BC Coroner’s Service has confirmed the death but specific details about the accident near Tofino have not been released.
A GoFundMe page has identified the victim as Nijin John, a research student at the University of Victoria.
The page reads: ” He was a beloved son, brother, and a friend. RIP Brother! Hope God gives his family the strength and fortitude to bear this tragic loss. This page is to help fund his funeral expenses.”
More than $11,000 has already been raised. The fundraising goal is $15,000
Surfers and visitors at Long Beach say the weather and water was calm on Saturday. Surfers familiar with the beach say there is often a riptide near Lovekin Rock where it’s believed the victim got into some kind of trouble.