We have tragic news to pass along.
Three popular Canadian YouTubers – Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper – all died on Tuesday in a tragic accident that took place at Shannon Falls in British Columbia.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Squamish RCMP wrote the following about this awful incident:
“On July 3rd, 2018, at 11:55 am Squamish RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance regarding three people who were swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls.” Continued the police in this statement: “The individuals were with a group of friends when they slipped and fell into a pool 30 metres below.”
All three corpses have since been recovered and the case is being referred to the British Columbia Coroners Service. (Shannon Falls, it should be noted, is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. it reaches a a height of 1,009 feet.) According to The Vancouver Sun, the fatal accident occurred after Scraper slipped and fell off the waterfall. Gamble (pictured below) and Lyakh reportedly then got swept away by the water while attempting to save her.
The British Columbia Coroners Service has told People Magazine that it cannot confirm or release the identities of the victims, but that they are “in their late 20s – one female and two males.”
In a YouTube video shared on July 6, members of the group High on Life – which posts travel videos online – published a tearful memorial for the three deceased vloggers.
This is what was said on it:
On July 3rd, 2018, we lost three very dear friends of ours: Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper. There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation we are all going through right now. They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people that you could ever meet and the world has lost a good deal of light with their passing.
From what we can gather via Facebook, High on Life was started in 2012 after Gamble, Lyakh and another friend named Parker Heuser gave up the lease on their apartment and chose to start traveling the world together. As you can see from the photo above, and has been confirmed by various outlets, Scraper was dating Lyakh at the time of their deaths. Shortly before his passing, Gamble wrote a long message on Instagram about finding his “purpose” in life.
“When life is on purpose and I feel clear with my direction, all my other decisions seem to get easier,” he wrote, adding that “it took me 29 years to understand this” and continuing as follows: “So if you have a strong masculine core, and find yourself drained of energy, attention, and power, check in with this notion of your ‘purpose’ and see what comes up. Make purpose the focus above everything else in your life and watch how the rest will fall into place.”
Elsewhere, a GoFundMe page/account has been created by High on Life to help pay for a memorial “to commemorate the beautiful lives and legacies that these 3 friends left behind. Any additional funds raised will go towards travel arrangements and expenses for the families of the deceased. Ourthoughts go out to all affected by these deaths. May Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper rest in peace.”