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New Zealand woman dies as group jumps from bridge in Sicamous

Last Updated Aug 9, 2018 at 10:22 am PDT

The channel connecting Shuswap and Mara Lakes, looking from the RW Bruhn Bridge. (Source: Google Maps)

SICAMOUS, B.C. – A 23-year-old New Zealand woman has died after she and three friends jumped from a bridge in Sicamous.

RCMP say it happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday when all four people leaped from the bridge, 20 metres above the channel connecting Shuswap and Mara lakes, 75 kilometres north of Vernon.

When the woman didn’t resurface after the jump her friends found her and pulled her to shore where she was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead.

Police say there is nothing criminal about the death.

The BC Coroners Service is continuing an investigation and the woman’s name will not be released.

The death is the second water-related fatality in Sicamous this summer and the Lifesaving Society of BC and Yukon says 34 drowning deaths had been recorded in B.C. up to August 1.