Lynn Canyon Park. Photo by kallerna CC BY-SA 4.0

Strangers save B.C. man from drowning

A group of strangers saved a 24-year-old man from drowning in a popular North Vancouver swimming spot.

North Shore fire officials told CTV News that a couple and a family jumped into action Monday afternoon when they saw the drowning swimmer. They got into the water to get him out and then revived him by administering CPR. By the time first responders arrived, the man was breathing and conscious.

“When the family was able to pull him out to the river’s edge, he was pulseless and not breathing,” said Asst. Chief Jeremy Duncan, with North Vancouver District Fire and Rescue Services.

More than a dozen first responders used a stretcher and pulley system to haul the man up trails to a waiting ambulance. The man had been swimming in Lynn Canyon.

The man was in serious condition when taken to hospital. His condition was upgraded to stable by Tuesday.

Dozens of people have injured themselves or died over the last 30 years in Lynn Canyon, often while cliff jumping.

Officials said there was no indication that the swimmer was engaging in cliff jumping. But Duncan said the incident serves as a reminder there are a lot of hazards in Lynn Canyon.

“Come prepared. Make sure you have the proper footwear. Make sure that you can swim (in) these conditions,” he told CTV News.