Rafting death on Kicking Horse river

A 29 year-old Kelowna man has died after an incident while on a private excursion down the Kicking Horse near Golden.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a white-water rafting incident on the Kicking Horse River near Golden on Aug. 16, 2015.

He was Rene Bourgault du Coudray, aged 29, from Kelowna.

Mr. Bourgault du Coudray and three friends were on a rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River in a raft owned by one of the four. At about 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2015, after about 90 minutes on the water, they hit a stretch of fast-flowing rapids and all four men ended up in the water.

The other three managed to reach the far shore safely, but Mr. Bourgault du Coudray was caught up in the current and was unable to rescue himself. He was eventually pulled from the water about 500 metres downstream, but was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.


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