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Bridge jumper identified
8 a.m. Aug. 4:
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a bridge-jumping incident near Revelstoke on July 30. He was Kody Skye Greveling, aged 28, from Coldstream.
Greveling was with a group of friends at the Laforme Creek Bridge about 20 km north of Revelstoke when he jumped from the bridge deck, about 25 metres high, into the water; he failed to resurface.
An immediate search by his companions and emergency services personnel was unsuccessful. The next day, Greveling was located with the aid of an RCMP underwater camera, about 20 metres from shore in about 12 metres of water.
The Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.
UPDATE 8:25 P.M. July 30:
The body of the missing swimmer who jumped into Revelstoke Lake has been located.
Around 7:30 p.m. on July 30, the BC Ambulance Service and Revelstoke RCMP responded to a report of a missing swimmer on Revelstoke Lake.
The 28-year-old male from Coldstream BC had jumped off the Laforme Creek bridge into the Revelstoke Lake and never resurfaced.
The Laforme Creek Bridge, 20 kilometres North of the Revelstoke Dam on Highway 23 North, is estimated to be 80 feet above the water, which is approximately 50 feet deep at that location.
Revelstoke RCMP, with assistance from Revelstoke Search and Rescue, immediately began searching the area for any signs of the man, which included the use of an RCMP vessel.
On July 31, the search continued with RCMP helicopter and boat. The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team attended to the area and were successful in locating the male.
The incident has now become a Coroner's Service investigation and further information can be obtained through their offices.
UPDATE 12 P.M.
RCMP are back on Revelstoke Lake Thursday morning trying to find the body of a missing Coldstream swimmer.
Staff Sergeant Kurt Grabinsky says an RCMP boat is on the water searching with assistance from a helicopter in the air. They are also hopeful the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team will be on their way to the location today.
They are searching for a 28-year-old Coldstream man who is presumed drowned after jumping from the Laforme Creek Bridge.
Grabinsky says several witnesses saw the man jump from the bridge, but he did not resurface.
“They all immediately attempted to save him, but were unable to locate him, so there is no doubt he is in the water.”
The bridge is located 20 km North of the Revelstoke Dam on Highway 23 North, is estimated to be 80 feet above the water, which is approximately 50 feet deep at that location.
We will have more details as they become available.
ORIGINAL 11:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY
Investigators are searching for a missing man who reportedly jumped into the Revelstoke Lake and never resurfaced.
On July 30, at 7:33 p.m., the BC Ambulance Service and Revelstoke RCMP responded to a report of a missing swimmer on Revelstoke Lake. The 28-year-old male from Coldstream apparently jumped off the Laforme Creek Bridge into the Revelstoke Lake and never resurfaced.
The Laforme Creek Bridge, 20 km North of the Revelstoke Dam on Highway 23 North, is estimated to be 80 feet above the water which is approximately 50 feet deep at that location.
Revelstoke RCMP, with assistance from Revelstoke Search and Rescue, immediately commenced a search of the area for any signs of the man which included the use of an RCMP vessel.
At 9:45 pm, the search was suspended for the night due to darkness and the associated risks to emergency personnel but the search will continue in the morning.
The man's name is not being released pending notification of family.
The YouTube video below shows a person jumping off the Laforme Creek Bridge. In this case the jumper survived - the video is used to show the height of the jump.
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