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UPDATED: Victim identified in Slocan Lake hiking accident

Poor light, hazardous terrain, and alcohol are being fingered as factors in the death of a hiker south of Silverton on Friday. This photo of Slocan Lake is looking north from Centennial Park in New Denver. - Tamara Hynd photo
Poor light, hazardous terrain, and alcohol are being fingered as factors in the death of a hiker south of Silverton on Friday. This photo of Slocan Lake is looking north from Centennial Park in New Denver.
— image credit: Tamara Hynd photo

Nicholas Ioan Llewelyn-Smith died after a hiking accident on Slocan Lake.

The incident happened last week, but police only issued a statement Wednesday.

At about 1 a.m. Friday they responded to a report of a missing 30-year-old Argenta man at Bannock Point, about five kilometres south of Silverton.

Police, BC Ambulance, New Denver fire and rescue, and Nelson Search and Rescue responded and learned Llewelyn-Smith fell while hiking in the dark near the edge of the bluff.

Just after daylight, his body was found at the bottom of the bluff, indicating a fall of about 75 metres.

“It was determined he and a group of friends were camping in the area, when the male, who was wearing a headlamp, decided to go hiking in the dark,” Sgt. Darryl Little said.

Poor lighting, hazardous terrain, and alcohol appear to be factors, Little said.

Llewelyn-Smith was an Australian citizen but was living in Argenta.

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