Bloggers Killed in Fall from Canadian Falls
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 9, 2018
Two travel bloggers who received jail time after they were seen walking on a famous hot spring in Yellowstone National Park in 2016 were among three people who died Thursday after they went over the third-tallest waterfall in British Columbia.
A representative of Canada’s federal police service said Thursday the victims were swimming in a pool system at the top of Shannon Falls, and fell nearly 100 feet after they were walking along the ledge of the pools.
The three were identified by the Vancouver Sun as Megan Scraper, Alexey Lyakh and Ryker Gamble. Gamble worked on a video blog called High On Life that has more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers.
Gamble and Lyakh were among a group of four men who faced federal charges in 2016 after authorities said they left a boardwalk surrounding the Grand Prismatic Spring and took photos of themselves walking on the hot spring, posting them to social media.
Gamble and Lyakh eventually pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Yellowstone incident — including disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition and foot travel in a thermal area — and as well as incidents in other national parks including Zion and Death Valley.
A judge sentenced them to a week in jail, probation and more than $2,000 in fines.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Lyakh and Gamble were swimming in one of the pool systems at Shannon Falls with Scraper when she slipped and fell. The two men tried to save her but all three were swept away into a pool system about 90 feet below.