Parks Canada says a second man has died at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this year.
On Sept. 16, first responders were called to a report of an unconscious man at Florencia Bay, just north of Ucluelet.
BC Ambulance Service paramedics, Parks Canada employees and Mounties rushed to the scene – as well as bystanders in the area.
Parks Canada says Mounties confirmed the man’s death, which was the second to occur within the park’s boundaries this year.
The first death occurred on Aug. 9 along Long Beach near Tofino.
In that instance, an unresponsive man was pulled from the water and was treated by paramedics and Parks Canada staff before being declared dead.
“Parks Canada is deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Parks Canada – referring to September’s incident – in a statement Tuesday
“Our hearts and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim, and with those who responded to the incident.”
Parks Canada says it encourages everyone to be prepared for outdoor recreation, and to check out the CoastSmart education campaign – which was developed in collaboration with Tofino and Ucluelet – if they plan to visit the area.
“Each year, approximately one million visitors come to the Pacific Rim region. Whether surfing, storm-watching, or simply strolling the beach[,] there are inherent risks involved in coastal activities,” said Parks Canada.