The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after being involved in a “speed-flying” accident near Squamish on July 26, 2015.
He is Kyle Macdonald-Wolochatuk, aged 40, currently residing in Squamish but originally from Cambridge, Ontario.
Mr. Macdonald-Wolochatuk was engaged in “speed-flying” – a relatively new sport similar to paragliding and using a wing of the same shape but significantly smaller, designed to provide a rapid descent. Shortly after 6 p.m. on July 26, 2015, he took off from the First Peak of the Stawamus Chief in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, but soon into the descent, contacted a tree and then fell about 500 metres to the bottom of the cliff. He was deceased at the scene.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.
The family of Mr. Macdonald-Wolochatuk has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.
For further information, please contact:
Coroner, Strategic Programs
BC Coroners Service