Young man dead after jumping into North Vancouver's Lynn Canyon

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A young man has lost his life after jumping into Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver and drowning in the fast-moving waters.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. this afternoon when the man climbed over the safety fences and jumped off a cliff into the waters near the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. He hung onto the rocks for quite awhile while rescuers were making their way down the cliffs, but he let go and was swept into the waters before anyone was able to reach him.

As the man has not surfaced for some time, the rescue effort has since turned into a recovery operation.

There have been a number of deaths in this area of Lynn Canyon over the last few decades, many from cliff jumping – the dangerous overconfidence of adventure seekers in their abilities to overcome mother nature. A Simon Fraser University student died in the same area on September 11, 2015 after drowning in a watering hole.

The water that runs through the canyon is frigid from snowmelt, even during the summer, and water levels can change swiftly. Rivers and creeks in the North Shore mountains will swell throughout the week as temperatures steadily climb towards the weekend high of 17°C.

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