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Three YouTube Daredevils Dead After Being Swept Down Waterfall, Police Say
Megan Scraper slipped and fell into the fast-moving current of Shannon Falls in British Columbia. Her friends Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh died trying to save her.
Three prominent adventure YouTubers died Tuesday after falling nearly 100 feet off a waterfall in Canada, police say.
Megan Scraper, Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh were all members of the popular YouTube group High on Life and died while swimming at Shannon Falls in British Columbia.
Scraper was reported to have been standing on the edge of the 1,100-foot waterfall when she slipped and fell into a fast moving current, according to the Washington Post. Her two daredevil friends dove in to save her, but were overpowered by the current and whisked down the falls.
A video posted on the High on Life YouTube channel on Friday delivered a somber message from a group of visibly upset friends.
“They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people that you could ever meet,” a member of the High on Life group said in the video. “The world has lost a great deal of light with their passing.”
They described the three deceased members of their group as people who lived life to the fullest and shared their values with millions of people around the world. The video statement on their channel has been viewed over 1.2 million times and has received thousands of supportive comments from fans.
Their death comes the same week as another Instagram daredevil, Jackson Coe, died in New York City after falling from a six-story building, according to the New York Post. Coe’s Instagram featured a recent photo of his feet dangling from a Manhattan skyscraper.
Both Coe and the High on Life group trio are examples of online content creators who embrace high-risk situations, and have died as a result of their adventures.
The High on Life channel features other risky adventure videos titled: “Kayaking Down a SEWAGE DRAIN” and “Epic Cliff Jumping and Waterfall Slide (EXTREME DANGER).”
Many other YouTubers have become famous for filming daring and sometimes illegal stunts.
In 2017, both Gamble and Lyakh were sentenced to seven days in prison after they were caught violating several policies at Yellowstone National Park, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company in Ottawa. Authorities used High on Life pictures and videos to convict the two YouTubers, sending a strong message about adhering to all park protocol in the future.
The remaining High on Life members used their most recent YouTube video to encourage people to donate to a GoFundMe established for their three dead group members. In just three days, the GoFundMe has earned over $11,000 of its $50,000 goal and is flooded with comments from fans and supporters.
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