Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

August 18, 2015 11:44 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Confirms Identity in Rafting Incident

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 18, 2015) -

For Immediate Release
Aug. 18, 2015

Ministry of Justice
BC Coroners Service


BC Coroners Service confirms identity in rafting incident

KELOWNA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a white-water rafting incident on the Kicking Horse River near Golden on Aug. 16, 2015.

He was Rene Bourgault du Coudray, aged 29, from Kelowna.

Mr. Bourgault du Coudray and three friends were on a rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River in a raft owned by one of the four. At about 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2015, after about 90 minutes on the water, they hit a stretch of fast-flowing rapids and all four men ended up in the water.

The other three managed to reach the far shore safely, but Mr. Bourgault du Coudray was caught up in the current and was unable to rescue himself. He was eventually pulled from the water about 500 metres downstream, but was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

The family of Mr. Bourgault du Coudray has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service requests that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Larry Marzinzik
    Regional Coroner, Interior Region
    BC Coroners Service
    250 861-7429