Bridge-jumping illegal and dangerous: RCMP

KAMLOOPS - It's common, it's illegal, it's tough to monitor, and it's dangerous.

Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward says about six or seven reports come in per month in the summer of people jumping off the train bridge between Pioneer Park and Riverside Park.

"It's an ongoing problem," Ward says.

The bridge is a shunting point between trains, however it's commonly known for thrill-seekers who jump off the bridge about 20 feet down into the South Thompson River for kicks.

Ward warns that the stunt is actually trespassing on private property owned by CN Rail.

CN Police monitor the area, however it's not easy to keep watch 24/7.

"It's not a legal bridge to be on," he says.

Not only is it illegal, Ward says it's extremely dangerous due to high boater traffic and dark water below.

"As far as recreational swimming, the dangerous spot has been the CN bridge," Ward says. "Anytime you're going into dark water, you don't know what's below the surface."

He's hoping people will use their heads if the long weekend takes a turn for some warm heat.

"It's just bad practice," he says.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.


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