Candlelight vigil for Vang Friday in Chilliwack

A candlelight vigil is being planned for Friday night in Chilliwack to remember the life of fisherman Christopher Vang, who was swept down the Fraser River last month.

A candlelight vigil is being planned for Friday night in Chilliwack to remember the life of fisherman Christopher Vang, who was swept down the Fraser River last month.

Vang, 24, of Abbotsford, was fishing at the time near Peg Leg bar with his cousins.

He drowned trying to save them, after his family members went into the water, said Oliver Lee, a friend of the family who is organizing the vigil.

“He was fishing with people who had years of experience. This could have happened to anybody.”

About 100 people are expected to make the trek for the vigil, he said.

“The Vangs are a super tight knit family, very generous and with strong family values,” he said. “I felt compelled to do something.”

A massive search for Vang ensued, and part of the event is to acknowledge the superlative efforts expended trying desperately to find him.

“Also there have been too many incidents like this,” he said.

Another aspect is river safety and remembering others who died tragically in a similar way, said Lee. Vang was not wearing a personal floatation device and was swept into the water when his hip waders filled up.

“This has been a very tragic and a painful time for Vang family,” he said. “Let’s hope that no one else has to endure the loss of a loved one, a son, a brother, and a friend.”

It’s hoped the vigil will also raise awareness to the perils of the river and to lobby legislators to make wearing a PFD mandatory, Lee added.

“Even though we have lost Chris in our physical lives, Chris may be invariably present, so he may still be able to help send a life line to someone else in need,” said Lee.

To this end, the Chris Vang Preservation of Life (Foundation) account was created to raise funds to help the Vang family and others who have lost someone in the river. Proceeds will go towards the victims’ families and a campaign to toughen our river safety bylaws.

The vigil attendees will start gathering at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Island 22 boat launch in Chilliwack, with an expected 7 p.m. start.

Just Posted

New Chilliwack YMCA was ‘worth the wait’ say visitors

Family Day will mark officially opening for new building, after sneak peek tours on Saturday

Nanaimo Clippers goalie steals a win from Chilliwack Chiefs

Landon Pavlisin was outstanding in the Clipper net, leading Nanaimo to a 2-1 road victory.

More people in Chiliwack coming in to shelters to get out of the cold

Ruth and Naomi’s went over-capacity this week to accommodate shelter guests coming in from the cold

Prominent Chilliwack realtor says he doesn’t know how child porn got on his computer

Closing arguments heard in Ian Robert Meissner’s trial for accessing and possessing child pornography

Q&A with federal Liberal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Francois-Philippe Champagne visited the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 123

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

B.C. VIEWS: Power politics wins over rational energy policy

B.C Hydro continues to face interference on rates

PR firm suspends contract with former B.C. premier amid groping accusation

Edelman says in a statement that Campbell has served as a special adviser to the firm since last July

Vancouver crash leaves driver dead, 2 in hospital

Police are investigating what happened in 2-vehicle crash

James says B.C. budget puts priorities on NDP’s poverty, environment plans

She said she expected the government’s poverty reduction and climate change strategies to be priorities in the budget

Most Read