Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

YouTube star Ryker Gamble dies after falling from waterfall

YouTube star Ryker Gamble dies after falling from waterfall

Three YouTube stars who chronicled their daring travel exploits across the globe fell to their deaths over a waterfall in Canada, according to new reports.

An announcement about the deaths of Megan Scraper, Alexey Lyakh, and Ryker Gamble came on the "High On Life" group's Facebook page.

High On Life is described as a clothing and outdoor adventure company whose members are known for creating lively travel video from all over the world.

Two years ago, Gamble and Lyakh were sentenced to seven days in prison in the USA and "banned from accessing US public lands for five years" after they were accused of taking photos at a protected hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, Vice News reported.

The travel blog is encouraging people to respect the privacy of their families and loved ones, but also to use the hashtag #HOLinsipired to mention all the ways High on Life has inspired them.

"Every year seems to be busier and busier", he said.

On Tuesday, June 3, according to eyewitness testimony given rescue personnel and CBC, it appears Scraper fell in a pool of water above the third and most remote falls in the series of cascades at Shannon Falls.

Searchers are using an underwater camera to scour one of the pools of a majestic waterfall north of Vancouver, in hopes of determining its depth or spotting any sign of three missing people.

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Banks described the terrain as "difficult, very risky, and the water flow is heavy which is complicating the search".

Witnesses told Search and Rescue officials that Gamble and Lyakh followed Scraper into the pools to try and help her.

The content creators for High on Life were swimming in a rock pool above Shannon Falls near Squamish, BC, around noon Tuesday when all three fell the equivalent of 10 stories, per CTV News.

Sascha Banks said rescuers were able to locate the trio's bodies on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m.

John Willcox of Squamish SAR, said they have responded to a number of accidents in the pools, though adds that this is the first fatality he has responded to. The trio were all in their late 20s and early 30s.

Since the Sea to Sky Gondola opened in 2014, the location has been gaining popularity from both locals and tourists.

"Obviously as you invite more people into the backcountry just by nature of numbers you're going to have more situations where this type of thing may happen". But in light of this tragedy, the RCMP and Squamish SAR are reminding the public that the pool systems and hard to reach areas can pose a serious risk.

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