A 34-year-old Calgary woman is dead after falling into the rushing waters at Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park on Sunday. Her 29-year-old male companion was transported to Calgary by STARS Air Ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries after attempting to rescue her.
Columbia Valley RCMP say the woman was being photographed at about 6 p.m. when she lost her footing and fell into the Kootenay River. The woman’s associate was also swept away while trying to rescue her.
Onlookers, including a medical professional, pulled the woman from the water about one kilometre downstream, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her Calgary companion was removed from the canyon by Parks Canada safety crews who performed a high-angle rope rescue.
Marble Canyon is located about 85 kilometres north of Radium on Highway 93.
The B.C. Coroners Service has begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
RCMP say the incident was witnessed by several people who are now being supported by Columbia Valley RCMP Victim services.
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