British Columbia

New Zealand woman dies after group jumps from bridge in Sicamous, B.C.

RCMP say the incident happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday when four people leaped from the bridge and the woman didn't resurface.

RCMP say the 23-year-old's death is not criminal

A view of the Sicamous Chanel from the Bruhn Bridge. (Google Maps)

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

RCMP say it happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday when all four people leaped from the Bruhn Bridge on the Trans Canada Highway.

The bridge is 20 metres above the Sicamous Channel connecting the popular boating areas of  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 B.C. 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.

"While we want to encourage people to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer, we cannot stress enough the importance of paying attention to advisories and signage which are put in place to ensure your safety," said Siacamous RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Murray McNeil. 

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