Dutch tourist dies after falling into water above Elk Falls near Campbell River

A Dutch woman is dead after she fell into the water above Elk Falls, east of Campbell River. It happened about 2pm. The woman's husband says she slipped into the water and yelled for help, and that's the last time he saw his wife. Police say early indications are the woman, in her 60's, was reaching in the water for an apple when she lost her footing.

CTV Vancouver Island reports RCMP and first responders were called to the provincial park, and BC Hydro shut down streamflow from the John Hart dam to assist with the search and rescue operation.

A helicopter and police drone were also sent to the area to assist, and Campbell River Search and Rescue, fast water rescue and fire crews also were called out.

The body was located about 2 hours after she fell in.

The BC Coroner's Service is now investigating the death.

The Dutch foreign embassy and consulate office have been notified.  They will help relay the news to next-of-kin.

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