Kaslo woman killed by falling tree

The coroner and RCMP investigate the death of a woman struck by a tree in her tent by Murtle Lake

Nelson Star

A Kaslo woman died Friday when a tree fell on her tent near Clearwater.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the victim was Alice Bernice Gilbert, 66.She was camping with family and friends on Murtle Lake, a marine campsite in Wells Gray Provincial Park.

At about 5 a.m., a 38-meter-tall tree “spontaneously fell,” landing on Gilbert’s tent. Others at the campsite immediately called for help, but Gilbert couldn’t be resuscitated.

The coroner and RCMP are still investigating.Gilbert’s family has been notified.

She had been treasurer of the Kaslo Victorian Hospital Auxiliary and an active runner, competing in Kaslo Sufferfest, among other races.

Earlier this month, a Kamloops newspaper reported a mother and seven teens narrowly escaped a falling tree at Murtle Lake that was brought down by a storm.