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Fatality in Johnston Canyon in Banff in Canada

August 18 2004 at 10:12 AM
roger  (Login dipper)

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In a separate incident in Banff National Park, a 19-year-old Parks Canada worker died early Sunday morning after falling from the pathway of a popular hiking trail.
The teenager was one of three hikers who set out from their campground about midnight for a short walk in Johnston Canyon toward a series of waterfalls. The teen was familiar with the pathways, but it was dark and the hikers weren't carrying lights, said Brad White, a public-safety specialist with Parks Canada.
"She likely climbed over the railing and consequently slipped and fell into the canyon," Mr. White said.
Officials found the teen's body in a stream near the pathway where she was reported missing. She fell about 10 metres.
The RCMP said alcohol was a factor in the accident.

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