Burnaby woman dies after being swept away by Rubble Creek in Garibaldi Provincial Park 

RCMP asks people to educate themselves before heading out to adventure

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A woman is dead after she was swept away by fast-moving water in Rubble Creek in Garibaldi Lake Provincial Park on Sunday.

RCMP say A 27-year-old man from Surrey and a 23-year-old woman from Burnaby were hiking in the area and decided to cool down in Rubble Creek when the incident occurred.

John Howe, acting manager of Squamish Search and Rescue, told The Chief rescuers managed to spot the woman's body with an aerial search later in the day.

He added that Rubble Creek could be a dangerous area.

"Rubble creek is not an appropriate place to go swimming," said Howe. "That's not a safe area. I think that needs to be stressed."

RCMP said the woman was found about 800 metres downstream from where she fell in.

"Squamish RCMP as well as the Search and Rescue teams from the Squamish area have seen far too many tragic incidents over the past few months" said RCMP Crpl. Sascha Banks.

"We want people to come and see our beautiful area and explore but you need to be aware, to be prepared, to be educated, to be safe and to understand the fast-moving waters in this region. Be knowledgeable about undercurrents, rocks, snow and glacier fed waters, and if you don't know ... ask those who do."

The last few months have seen a number of accidents in the Squamish area. Among the most high-profile was the death of three travel bloggers at Shannon Falls. A man also went missing on Mother's Day after being swept into the Squamish-Ashlu River area.

The BC Coroners Service has taken over this investigation. The woman's name has not yet been released.

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