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23-year-old tourist dies after leaping from bridge in Sicamous

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(via Eric Thompson)

A 23-year-old New Zealand woman has died after she and three friends jumped from a bridge in Sicamous.

RCMP say it happened at around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, when all four people leapt from the Trans Canada Highway bridge, 20 metres above the channel connecting Shuswap and Mara lakes.

When the woman didn't resurface after the jump her friends found her and pulled her to shore where she was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead.

Police say there is nothing criminal about the death.

The B.C. Coroners Service is continuing an investigation and the woman's name will not be released.

The death is the second water-related fatality in Sicamous this summer and the Lifesaving Society of B.C. and Yukon says 34 drowning deaths had been recorded in B.C. up to August 1.

The Canadian Press