Rossland man dies suddenly

River Timothy Sidley, age 22 collapsed while storm-watching with friends in the community of Bamfield.

  • Dec. 12, 2014 11:00 a.m.

A young Rossland man passed away suddenly on Vancouver Island Tuesday morning.

River Timothy Sidley, age 22, was witnessed to collapse in the early morning hours while storm-watching with friends in Bamfield, confirmed Matt Brown from the BC Coroners Service.

He was transported to the Bamfield health centre but could not be resuscitated, Brown said in a press release.

Sidley’s family has been notified and the coroners service and police are continuing to investigate the death.

Bamfield is a small resort hamlet and harbour village on the Pacific Rim in a protected inlet on the south shore of Barkley Sound.

The community of about 200 people is largely populated by marine biologists and is well known for hosting salmon fishing adventures.

The town is surrounded by Crown land, Indian Reserves, and portions of the Pacific Rim National Park, ensuring protection of unspoiled marine environments from excessive development.