Hiker was not pushed off cliff by drunk strangers, investigation concludes


Last month, the West Shore RCMP issued a call for witnesses following a hiker’s report she had been pushed off a cliff by a group of intoxicated strangers.

Thetis Lake Regional Park/Shutterstock

Following their investigation of the May 18 incident, authorities indicated via media release on June 12 that things did not happen as initially reported to them, thereby bringing an end to the case and the call for witnesses.

The unidentified 29-year-old woman claimed she had been hiking at Thetis Lake on Vancouver Island when she paused to peer over the cliff and was approached by three women in their 20s or 30s who were wearing swimsuits and appeared to be drinking. The woman claims she was then pushed over, causing her to plummet 12 metres into the water below.


The woman also reported she had been able to swim to safety before contacting authorities.

However, West Shore RCMP now say “the incident did not occur as was originally reported and suspects are no longer being sought in relation to this matter,” and have concluded their investigation. Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer for the West Shore RCMP also notes that their detachment “cannot provide further specifics” in conjunction with the now-closed case.

With files from Alanna Kelly/Castanet

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom