Comox Valley Record

Man recovering in hospital after being found at foot of Kye Bay bluffs

BC AMBULANCE PARAMEDICS remove an injured man from the base of the Kye Bay bluffs. - Chris Wright
BC AMBULANCE PARAMEDICS remove an injured man from the base of the Kye Bay bluffs.
— image credit: Chris Wright

A 23-year-old man is recovering in intensive care at Victoria General Hospital after apparently falling down a bluff at Kye Bay over New Year's Eve.

Witnesses say two dog walkers found the man lying on the beach around 10 a.m. New Year's Day and found him unconscious but breathing.

"(The) boy probably fell down there last night and he was probably laying there all night," resident Jim Ekdahl told media. "I went down and the (dog-walking) husband was comforting the guy and doing all the right things — holding his head in the right position. I just gave him my coat and covered him and called 9-1-1 ... and the whole time they were monitoring what was going on."

Ekdahl added the man was breathing but "banged up pretty bad."

Although it is unclear how the man came to be at the base of the 100-foot cliff, it is believed he was there overnight, and Ekdahl believes he was probably suffering from hypothermia.

Comox Valley RCMP confirm no foul play is suspected, although they are interviewing people who may have witnessed the events. Following their initial investigation, police believe the man was at a house party nearby and had been drinking.

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