Abby man who died cliff-jumping identified by RCMP

David Stewart Cleverley was identified by police Tuesday as the young Abbotsford man who died cliff-jumping at Cultus Lake on Saturday.

David Stewart Cleverley was identified by police Tuesday as the young Abbotsford man who died cliff-jumping at Cultus Lake on Saturday.

The 26-year-old jumped about 80 feet into the water from a cliff located at the south end of the lake, but did not resurface.

Chilliwack search and rescue official Dan McAuliffe said it’s not the first time a young man has died jumping into the water at the same location, and it could be the third in the past number of years.

A cross memorial marks the spot of an earlier fatal jump, he said.

There are shallow spots in the waters along the shoreline, he said, but the “bigger danger” for jumpers is clearing the rocks at the bottom of the cliff.

The cause of Cleverley’s death has not been determined, and an autopsy has been ordered by the BC Coroners Service.

Chilliwack RCMP said Cleverley’s fatal jump was video-taped and showed him entering the water “in an awkward position” and he did not resurface. One of three friends with Cleverley that day called 911 to report the incident at about 4:20 p.m.

An RCMP dive team recovered the body at about 7:30 p.m.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the tragic accident.

Sacha Peter, chair of the Cultus Lake park board, noted that jumping into water from a height requires hitting the water “perfectly vertical” to avoid injury.

If a cross marking an earlier fatality at the cliff doesn’t discourage jumpers, it’s not clear whether warning signs would be any more successful.

It’s also not clear whose jurisdiction the area falls within.

Peter said it’s his understanding the tragedy took place near Lindell Beach, which is the jurisdiction of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

 

But FVRD area director David Lamson said he believes the cliff area, called Needle Point, is Crown land, which would make it the province’s jurisdiction.