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YouTube stars die in 100-foot waterfall plunge

08 July, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Numerous emergency personnel and vehicles have swarmed the parking lot at Shannon Falls Provincial Park

A YouTube vlogger has died after plummeting down a waterfall in Canada while trying to save his friend who slipped and fell before him.

Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh, and Megan Scraper died Tuesday after being swept into a pool system at Shannon Falls in Squamish, British Columbia.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), witnesses said Scraper fell from rocks at the top of the waterfall and was pulled by a strong current.

Squamish RCMP said they received a call from BC Ambulance just before noon Tuesday regarding three people who were swimming in one of the pools at the top of the falls.

Shannon Falls is the third tallest waterfall in BC at almost 1,100 feet. All three were in their late 20s and early 30s.

Last year, Gamble, Lyakh and another group member, Justis Price Brown, were banned from USA federal land for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the western US.

"[Squamish Search and Rescue] teams, multiple Helicopter Units, and RCMP have been working in all capacities to locate the three people", Corporal Sascha Banks said.

A number of other Youtubers who work as part of the High On Life collective shared a video in their memory this week.

Shortly after the video showing them walking onto the spring went viral, they deleted several videos and social media posts, which were flooded with comments expressing outrage over their actions.

More than 500,000 subscribers there-and another one million on Instagram-followed their often-risky adventures, which sometimes defied basic rules of safety.

Last year, Gamble, Lyakh and another group member were banned from US federal land for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the west of America.

"Positivity and stepping out of your comfort zone means knowing not only you are risking your life but also you are throwing it away for followers????" one person asked under the tearful memorial video. Since the tragedy on July 3, the remaining members of the group have released a video to tribute the lives of Ryker, Alexey, and Megan.

The group also launched a GoFundMe page to help the trio's families with arrangements. Their lifelong bond eventually rose to success when they began travelling and compiling footage of their adventures, posting it for millions of viewers. Lyakh and Gamble were reportedly sentenced to seven days in jail and banned from accessing United States public lands for five years.



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