Three vloggers are dead after they fell from the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia, Canada. Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and his girlfriend, Megan Scraper, were part of the travel club “High on Life” who posted YouTube videos of them “showcasing their performances of daring outdoor tricks and stunts at well-known locations.” Their Instagram page had more than a million followers.
The three died after accidentally falling nearly 100 feet over a Canadian waterfall. They were swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls and walking along a ledge before they fell. Reports say that Megan slipped first and the two men jumped in after to try and save her and were swept away.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, witnesses said they saw Gamble, 30, and Lyakh, 30, dive into the pool above the falls to save Scraper, 29, who fell from rocks at the top and was carried by a strong current. But none of them survived.
John Wilcox of Squamish Search and Rescue said, “It’s a beautiful area but along with that comes some pretty severe terrain and unless people are educated, equipped, trained to access some of these areas, it has potential for a great risk.”
The three members had recently been sentenced to seven days in jail for violating rules at multiple national parks and banned from American public lands for five years. They also were in trouble in 2016 when they when they walked off a designated path in Yellowstone National Park to get closer to the famous Grand Prismatic Spring.
Their YouTube Channel released a video tribute in memory of the three vloggers. They have also started a fundraising campaign to support the victims’ families’ expenses “that come at an impossibly difficult time like this.”
Additionally, the channel published a passage written by Gamble and Lyakh and encouraged subscribers to use the hashtag #HOLInspired to share their thoughts on social media.
“What do you want to do in your life? What makes you tick? What makes you feel awe? Don’t be misled into thinking taht you’re supposed to do anything. You are suppoed to do only what you chose to do. The world is vast and full of possibilities. Follow your bliss. Get out of your comfort zone. Stop looking for reasons why you can’t and look for reasons why you can. And….if you can, you should.”