Nakusp RCMP investigate sudden death

BC Coroners Service identifies victim of hunting accident

  • Nov. 19, 2014 5:00 p.m.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

While out hunting on November 12, Juergen Thomas Burkhardt, 52, of North Vancouver was involved in a fatal accident. Burkhardt and his companion were about 30 kilometres from Nakusp when he fell a distance of more than 100 metres down the steep section of mountain.

BC Ambulance arrived on the scene and called in the local RCMP. Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue were immediately contacted and a ground search was conducted however, due to darkness, an aerial search had to be delayed. An RCMP helicopter was deployed on November 13 and in addition to the Revelstoke Long Line Search and Rescue Team, recovery was made successfully by 12:30 p.m. the next day. Burkhardt’s body was located by Search and Rescue at the bottom of a 150 metre cliff having succumbed to his injuries from the fall. The terrain in the area was quite treacherous and slippery due to the cold weather; foul play is not suspected.

The family of Mr. Burkhardt has been notified of his death, after which BC Coroners Service released his identity.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate.


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