Metchosin boy perishes from fall in Lake Cowichan

A five-year-old Metchosin boy has died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries from falling 10 feet off a bridge at Gordon Bay Provincial Park earlier this summer.

A five-year-old Metchosin boy has died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries from falling 10 feet off a bridge at Gordon Bay Provincial Park earlier this summer.

Lake Cowichan RCMP Sgt. Dave Voller called the August incident “extremely unfortunate” and “unforeseen,” noting RCMP have ruled out foul play and handed the case over to the B.C. Coroners Service.

The boy was airlifted Aug. 17 to Vancouver hospital from the government park, near Honeymoon Bay. The boy died in hospital on Sept. 19.

Police investigation revealed the boy had been walking with his father and three-year-old sister over the bridge when he fell off of the side and struck his head.

The Vancouver Police Department’s special investigation section interviewed the mother at the hospital as requested by the RCMP.

“It’s just really unfortunate,” Voller said. “I don’t know how long it’s been there but I do remember camping there at Gordon Bay when I was a teenager and the bridge was always there then.”

–Cowichan News Leader