Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

July 18, 2016 13:43 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Identifies Victim of Climbing Accident

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 18, 2016) -

2016PSSG0147-001299

July 18, 2016

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

BC Coroners Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN

KELOWNA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a free-climbing incident at Giant's Head Mountain near Summerland on July 14, 2016.

He was Gael Julian D'Ostie-Racine, aged 23, originally from Montreal, but working in the Okanagan for the summer.

Mr. D'Ostie-Racine was camping in an orchard at the base of Giant's Head Mountain, while he worked as a fruit picker. On the evening of July 14, 2016, he went free-climbing on the mountain. Other workers from the camp witnessed his fall more than 100 metres down a cliff face. One of the other workers, who has first-aid training, was able to reach him, but he could not be resuscitated.

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

Mr. D'Ostie-Racine's family has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service requests that the media respect their privacy during this difficult time.

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Contact Information

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