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UPDATED: Castlegar woman dies after fall from bridge

A 44-year-old Castlegar woman has died after falling from the Victoria Street bridge in Trail.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue says it used a rope rescue to get to the woman to shoreline on Saturday afternoon.

Crews used a ladder truck with a high angle rope rescue system to retrieve the woman, who was then placed in the care of the BC Ambulance Service.

But police announced today that the woman died in hospital. They spoke to a witness who saw her fall from the bridge railing.

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The incident has now been referred to the BC Coroners Service.

“Trail RCMP would like to thank everyone who made a valiant effort to save the woman’s life,” Sgt. Mike Wicentowich said.

“It is a sad and tragic incident for all involved. Our hearts go out to her friends and family in their time of grieving. I would like the public to know that nobody has to suffer alone, and there is help available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in your time of need.”

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