Hiker dies after fall in Tors Cove

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Ferryland RCMP are reporting that a hiker died on Monday after falling into the ocean in Tors Cove.

According to a news release issued early Monday evening, a 19 year old man from St. John’s was hiking with friends along the East Coast Trail when he fell into the ocean near Tinker’s Point. He was subsequently swept offshore by the sea.

Members of the Witless Bay Fire Department later found his body on a rocky shoreline below the trail.

Police were contacted about the incident shortly after 2:30 p.m. A Canadian Coast Guard vessel and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel were dispatched to the area along with a Cormorant helicopter from Gander.

Ferryland RCMP continue to investigate the incident.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP, Witless Bay Fire Department

Geographic location: Tors Cove, Tors Cove.According

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  • Sarah
    May 01, 2013 - 07:08

    Rest easy, Matty.

  • Don II
    April 30, 2013 - 12:38

    It appears that people have been warning Government for years that these trails were dangerous and were an accident waiting to happen. Now that the worst has happened, what will be done to prevent it from happening again?

    • Whimpy
      May 01, 2013 - 06:39

      People are always looking to blame someone - don't blame the organization blame the people of Newfoundland for not supporting the non-for-profit organizations that are working to provide recreational activities to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. In today world of this advance technology of cell phones and computers we have lost the ability to use common sense. I have volunteered with many non-for-profit organizations and the same issues are found in each - too much to do too little money - people get out and support, if you can't support in cash support them with your time and stop complaining about them. And remember - there are risks everywhere, use you head for more than a hat rack!

  • Don II
    April 30, 2013 - 09:23

    My deepest sympathy is extended to all of those affected by this tragic accident. It appears that this tragic incident raises issues of safety and legal liability which have not been adequately addressed by the Government. It appears that over the last number of years Municipalities, Not for Profit Corporations and Associations have obtained Government support and funding to build hiking and ATV trails around the coastline and other areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. It appears that in some cases privately owned land has been frozen and development prohibited by Government and Municipal regulation to allow for trails to be built through the land. Concerns have been raised about the increasing number of trails being pushed through privately owned land all over Canada. There are legal and environmental issues involved and private land owners have been reluctant to allow trails on their land because of invasion of privacy, littering, noise, alcohol consumption and legal liability concerns. As a result, private land owners have been subject to being characterized in a very negative manner for expressing these concerns. Are the operators or owners of hiking trails for public use required to obtain public liability, death and injury insurance or do users of the trails do so at their own risk and peril? Who is legally responsible in cases where death or injury occurs to somebody walking or riding on these trails? Are private land owners indemnified and saved harmless by the Government, Town Council, Association or Not for Profit Corporation that pushed these trails through over privately owned land? If the land on which the trail is owned by the Crown or the Town Council are these Governments legally liable for deaths and injuries which occur on the trails? Are the trails inspected regularly to identify dangerous areas and have them repaired or marked with warning signs?

    • Steve
      April 30, 2013 - 10:20

      You've got an axe to grind, but today is the wrong day to grind it.

  • wavy
    April 30, 2013 - 08:27

    A horrible tragedy, very sad. Condolences to friends and family. We've had a lot of big wind events and coastal storm surges in the past year and a half. It has taken its toll on multiple sections of just about every popular hiking route I can think of in eastern Newfoundland, coastal or not. Large sections of downed trees, washed out trails, damaged footbridges, coastal erosion, landslides, etc. can still be encountered on many trails as clean-up crews, working with shorter staff and departmental cut-backs, scramble to catch up with the damage repairs. Hikers coming in from out of province or those not super-familiar with their hiking route need to be aware of conditions, plan for them and take extra care.

  • joy
    April 29, 2013 - 19:51

    such a sad story hope the family finds peace