Squamish is mourning the loss of a beloved local resident from a mountain biking incident
2019-10-02 12:54 PDT
File # 2019-6320
On October 1st, 2019, at 5:15 pm, Squamish RCMP were requested by the BC Ambulance Service to attend to the Stawamus Chief for a mountain bike medical call. Upon arrival to the staging location of the Stawamus School police met up with Squamish Fire Services and Squamish Search and Rescue. Police learned that a female and male were mountain biking in the Slhaney Trail system behind Stawamus Chief Provincial Park when the female was seriously injured in an incident on her bike.
Squamish Search and Rescue were able to locate the pair, continue life saving measures, and transport her to an awaiting air ambulance. Unfortunately the female did not survive. The Squamish RCMP along with the BC Coroners Service will continue to gather all the details of the event in order to determine what happened.
Upon request of the family we are releasing that the female has been identified as 22 year old Squamish resident Mikayla Martin.
"The death of Mikayla is a huge loss for the community of Squamish and an immense loss for her family and friends and our thoughts are with them" says Sergeant Sascha Banks. "It can't be stressed more that adventuring in Squamish comes with inherent risks. We can only ask that you take that one more risk assessment, one more second to check the geographics, one more look at your equipment, and one more conversation about what the plan is. We all want people to live doing what they love."
This is a joint statement on behalf of Squamish Search and Rescue, BC Coroners Service, and the RCMP. No more details will be released as to the specifics at this time.
Sgt. Sascha BanksSea to Sky Operations Support NCO i/c
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