Police are reporting the death of a Castlegar man in Rossland Sunday, according to Trail RCMP NCO i/c Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On Aug. 7, at 3:18 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District officer received a report about the sudden death of a 73-year-old Castlegar man on a golf course in Rossland," Wicentowich said.
"The man was golfing with three friends when a 100-foot tall tree suddenly toppled onto the man. The man attempted to avoid the falling tree but was unsuccessful. The man likely sustained immediate life-threatening injuries from the collision.
"A golf course staff member and member of the public took action and attempted to revive the man using CPR and an electronic medical device (ASD). Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue and EHS quickly arrived at scene and took over primary care of the man; however, further attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful. The golf course was closed to the public after the incident."
He said Trail RCMP have referred the incident to the Office of the BC Coroners Service.
This sudden and tragic incident is a shock to family, friends, and communities, and undoubtedly will leave some in a challenging emotional state with many unanswered questions. Trail RCMP Victim Services can provide assistance to those who request it and can be reached through the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566," Wicentowich added. "We would like to thank everyone at the scene of the incident for their quick response and for doing everything possible to provide emergency care to the 73-year-old Castlegar man.