Metchosin boy airlifted from Gordon Bay park after falling from bridge

A five-year-old Metchosin boy with head injuries was airlifted to Vancouver hospital Wednesday after falling from a bridge at Gordon Bay Provincial Park, near Honeymoon Bay, officials say. Lake Cowichan RCMP was not called to the incident, but is investigating. “We did start a preliminary investigation to eliminate foul play,” Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Warren Potter said. “It appears to be an accidental fall. “He fell and hit the back of his head,” he said of the 10-foot fall into an area with rocks nearby. The youngster was still in the intensive-care unit at Vancouver Children’s Hospital Friday, Potter said. “Because the child was transported in a B.C. Air Ambulance, that puts the situation in serious to critical,” B.C. Ambulance spokeswoman Kelsie Carwithen said. The call-out took place at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 17. The Honeymoon Bay Fire Department was not called out in a first-responder capacity. “It is unusual,” fire chief John Rowley said, noting first-responders were present at the campground when the accident happened. “Our situation was simply that we set up the helipad, and helped set up security,” Rowley said. First responders with the fire department did not have any direct contact with the youngster, whom Rowley said was a five-year-old boy. Rowley estimated the helicopter was on-site for about a half hour when crews stabilized the lad before rushing him to the Vancouver hospital. - with a file from the Lake Gazette
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