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Migrant worker dies in Okanagan fall

July 15, 2016 2:02 P.M.


A man has died in a climbing fall on Giant's Head Mountain in Summerland.

The Summerland RCMP activated the Penticton Search and Rescue team (PENSAR) Thursday night, following a report of a hiker being killed in a fall.

They responded to the call just after 8 p.m., near Bland Road in Summerland.

A group of migrant agricultural workers who were camped out on an orchard property saw a fellow worker who was attempting to free climb the west face of Giant's Head Mountain, fall and tumble down a portion of the hill.

A witness climbed to the fallen man and tried to revive him with CPR, but was unsuccessful.

PENSAR sent 22 members, including a technical rope team who helped get the witness to safety.

The recovery of the body was suspended until daylight on Friday morning, with the Summerland RCMP, Summerland Fire Dept, BCAS, PENSAR and the BC Coroners Services attending the scene.

The body was recovered by 8:30 a.m.

The Summerland RCMP has confirmed that the man is in his early 20s and from Quebec.

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