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Capilano death a result of attempt to retrieve dropped bank card 0

GRANT LAFLECHE, QMI AGENCY
A 30-year-old man fell to his death at Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge around 6 p.m. Saturday while trying to retrieve a credit card that had fallen to a lower ledge. (FILE PHOTO)

A 30-year-old man fell to his death at Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge around 6 p.m. Saturday while trying to retrieve a credit card that had fallen to a lower ledge. (FILE PHOTO)

An ill advised attempt to recover a bank card led to a 30-year-old St. Catharines man falling to his death at the Capilano Suspension Bridge site Saturday, police said Monday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Richard De Jong said surveillance video seized by police at the Capilano Suspension Bridge shows the man climbing over the bridge railing to retrieve the card around 6 p.m. Saturday.

"He had taken his camera out of his pocket and his (debit) card fell out," De Jong said Monday. "The video shows him pointing to something and then climbing over the railing. People near by are warning him not to do it."

De Jong said the man, whose name is not being released by the RCMP at the request of his family, slipped while trying to get to the card and fell some 60 metres to his death.

Police said the man was there on a visit with his extended family.

Capilano Suspension Bridge spokeswoman Sue Kaffka said the tragedy happened on Cliffwalk, a series of stairs, walkways and viewing platforms attached to the canyon wall.

She said surveillance footage from the area was handed over to the RCMP.

Kaffka said she doesn't have any personal knowledge of the accident.

But, she said, based on her understanding of the incident, there aren't concerns about safety at the site.

"We are very confident that our park remains safe and Cliffwalk is safe," she said.

Kaffka said monthly safety reviews are conducted and the local man's death will be part of that process.

"It is a tragedy, and our condolences go out to the family," she said. "It's very upsetting for everyone."

She said counsellors were brought in to help staff deal with the trauma.

The accident happened during operating hours and the popular B.C. attraction was busy, like it is every weekend, Kaffka said.

RCMP said the man's death is being investigated, including his actions prior to the fall. There doesn't appear to be foul play involved, RCMP said.


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