On July 20 at approximately 4:45 p.m., a severe storm came through the Grand Forks area. High winds knocked down power lines and trees. The storm also hit the Pines Bible Camp, which is located approx. 10 kilometres up the North Fork Road in Grand Forks.
There were about 65 kids in attendance at this time.
A number of trees at the camp were blown over and snapped off. Two trees fell on a hut and through the roof, crushing a boy inside.
The huts are built as sleep accommodation and hold four people.
The youth was 11 years of age and a resident of nearby Christina Lake, B.C. Several of the other youth/children received minor injuries and have been examined by the B.C. Ambulance Service.
RCMP Victim Services have made arrangements for counselors to attend the camp to meet with and assist the youth. Victim Services will also be providing support and assistance to the victim’s family.
The B.C. Coroner’s Service will be the lead agency in this investigation and assisted by Boundary/Grand Forks RCMP.
The name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The deceased’s name will be released at a later date through the B.C. Coroner’s Communication Officer.