Surrey hiker killed in fall at Chilliwack Lake

CHILLIWACK – A young Surrey man was killed when he fell while hiking at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park on Friday.

Sukhjeet Saggu, 20, was reported missing on June 5 after he became separated from his group, which had been hiking on the Linderman Lake Trail. The Chilliwack RCMP and Chilliwack Search and Rescue found his body the following afternoon, at the bottom of a steep cliff. The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating Saggu’s death but Cpl. Mike Rail of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment said foul play is not suspected.

Liana Wright, of BC Coroners Service, said Saggu’s body was found “at the foot of a loose rock incline.”

Rail said the search was “extensive,” from the ground and from the air.”Mountain terrain is treacherous in the area and the search had to be suspended once darkness fell,” Rail said. The search resumed in the morning and Saggu’s body was found at about 2 p.m. “We remind everyone of the danger while enjoying the back country,” he said. “Always remain with your group and be aware of your surroundings.”