White Rock native Ben Trompetter was being remembered this week as a "free spirit" who lived life to the fullest as investigators try to determine the exact cause of his death in Anderson Lake on Friday (Aug. 17).
RCMP recovered the 26-year-old's body late Sunday morning (Aug. 19) north of Pemberton in Anderson Lake, where he had gone missing after jumping from a cliff more than 50 metres above the water.
Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said Trompetter's body was found by the RCMP's 'E' Division Underwater Recovery Team around 11 a.m. on Sunday.
"He was found in approximately 70 feet of water near where he jumped," LeClair said in an email.
According to a press release on Saturday (Aug. 18) from the RCMP, witnesses said Trompetter climbed up the cliff to jump from a height of approximately 175 feet, something he did regularly at other locations. When he did not resurface after entering the water, companions dove into the lake trying to find him but were unsuccessful. RCMP were notified of the incident shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday.
The area where the man jumped was on the east shore of Anderson Lake, about 15 kilometres north of D'Arcy, said police. Officials from Pemberton Search and Rescue, which assisted police on the search, said some lake users have been known to jump into the lake from the cliff area.
The investigation is now being handled by the B.C. Coroners Service. As of Tuesday evening (Aug. 21), it had not made any findings public.
Trompetter was first identified by a Facebook post and photo attributed to his brother that read: "The world is a better place with you in it. Love this man. My older brother and my friend. Rest easy Benny."
Meanwhile, the victim's cousin was a competitor in Saturday's Red Bull Joyride competition as part of Crankworx Whistler. Casey Groves was visibly emotional as he dedicated his performance to Trompetter over the event's public address system on Saturday.
"That was for you, Ben," Groves said after finishing his final run.
Trompetter worked for a travel agency called Beach Travellers. Calls to the company were not returned, but the business made a memorial post on its Facebook page expressing regret over the accident.
"Ben was something special to us all," read the post. "He lived his life to the fullest each and everyday as if it was his last. He was an adventureman, a friend, a free spirit (whose No. 1) passion was life itself."