SALMON ARM (NEWS 1130) — A woman is dead and a young person is seriously hurt after suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a campsite near Salmon Arm.
Salmon Arm RCMP say it appears the leak came from a portable stove inside the campers’ tent, and they aren’t treating the incident as suspicious. It’s believed the pair were burning wood in a cooking pot for warmth.
The BC Coroner’s Service is being called in to investigate the cause of adult’s death.
More details on campers with CO poisoning near Salmon Arm:
-Adult killed was a woman
-Group was doing first aid on youth when RCMP got there (youth hospitalized in serious condition)
-Cooking pot with wood ash in the tent, police think it was being used for warmth. @NEWS1130
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Cpl. Chris Manseau says officers were called to the campground Saturday morning. When they arrived, they found a group doing first aid on the young person
“The youth has been flown to hospital for treatment,” he says, adding they were in serious condition.
No details on the victims ages were given.
As the long weekend kicks off, he says its a sad reminder to be cautious when using gas-powered devices.
“If you’re going to be using anything flammable like that, any camp stoves, make sure that its ventilated,” he says.
“There are warnings on those devices not to use them in enclosed spaces because of these types of tragic circumstances that can occur.”
Tune in to NEWS 1130 for the latest developments.
– With files from Hana Mae Nassar