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Three Canadian YouTube Travel Bloggers Killed After Falling Over A Waterfall In British Columbia
 
6/7/2018  
 
Three Canadian YouTube travel bloggers have been killed after falling over a waterfall in British Columbia. Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were part of High On Life, a video blog group which posts videos of their travel adventures on social media. The trio were swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in Squamish, British Columbia on Tuesday when they slipped and fell into a pool 98 feet below, local police siad. The High On Life group, which has more than one million Instagram followers and more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers, named the trio in a post online. In a video tribute the group praised them as "three of the warmest, kindest and most driven and out going people you could ever meet". "There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation we are all going through right now", they said. The video bloggers, who were all in their late 20's and early 30's, had hiked up Shannon Falls on Tuesday and were swimming in a pool system at the top of the falls.



The adventurers were "then walking along the ledge shortly there after" before falling nearly 100 feet, said Corporal Sascha Banks, from Canada's Federal Police. The tragedy occurred when Ms. Scraper slipped and fell, with Mr. Gamble and Mr. Lyakh also getting swept away as they tried to save her, according to the Vancouver Sun. The difficult terrain meant it took the Squamish Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) force two days to find and recover the adventurers. "I can't say enough about the incredible skilled work done by the RCMP teams along with Squamish Search and Rescue", Coporal Banks said in a statement. Ms. Banks added that heavy water flow and a a steep mountainside area posed a significant challenge for the crew involved in the efforts. Mr. Gamble and Mr. Lyakh founded the High On Life group, which is based in Vancouver, with another high school friend after they travelled the world in 2012. The adventurers turned their passion for travel into full time jobs, posting pictures and videos of their experiences online in partnership with various brands. The group made headlines in 2016 after Mr. Gamble, Mr. Lykah and another member were handed five year ban's from U.S. federal lands after an out of bounds excursion on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. In one of his most recent Instagram posts, 30 year old Mr Gamble wrote: "Life isn't about responsibilities, tough decisions and hard work, it's about feeling bliss and living in the moment". High On Life has created a GoFundMe memorial fund in support of the three travellers families.

By Rozina Sabur (thetelegraph.com)
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