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Ryker Gamble, a popular YouTube travel and adventure video-blogger, and two fellow vloggers with the High on Life extreme travel channel, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper, died on Tuesday after a waterfall swimming accident just north of Vancouver.
A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that three bodies were pulled from Shannon Falls after a swimming mishap. The RCMP and the B.C. Coroner’s Office declined to identify the deceased trio after their families requested privacy.
But, on Friday, other members of the High on Life YouTube channel posted a tribute video for Gamble, Lyakh and Scraper, as they mourned “three very dear friends of ours.”
“There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation that we’re all going through right now. They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people that you could ever meet, and the world has lost a great deal of light with their passing. They lived every single day to its fullest,” the tribute video participants stated.
Gamble and Lyakh, both 30, died after they jumped into Shannon Falls to save Scraper, 29, after she apparently slipped and fell into a fast-current pool of water. The B.C. Coroner’s Office is investigating whether the trio were filming a scene for their High on Life channel just before the waterfall mishap occurred.
Gamble, Lyakh and, another High on Life vlogger, Justis Price Brown, were banned in 2016 from U.S. federal land for five years after they were convicted of trespassing onto a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park to post photos onto their social media sites.
The High on Life extreme channel has just under 500,000 subscribers. Gamble’s Instagram page, @highonlife, has around 1.1 million followers.
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