SIU investigating man’s death at Devil’s Punchbowl

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Published October 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating after a man plunged to his death at the Devil’s Punchbowl in Stoney Creek on Monday, after he had been located by the Hamilton police.

There were multiple reports on Monday that City of Hamilton firefighters had been called for a rope rescue at the conservation area, which is distinguished by at 37-metres-high ribbon waterfall. The SIU says it is investigating the circumstances pertaining to the death of a 31-year-old man around mid-afternoon.

The SIU’s preliminary report says that the Hamilton Police Service received a call for assistance at the Devil’s Punchbowl around 3:04 p.m. on Monday. The officers from HPS responded and located a man.

The man jumped into the gorge.

Hamilton Emergency Medical Services were contacted. The man was located on the ground below. After attempts to assist him, he was  pronounced deceased on scene at 3:47 p.m.

The SIU conducts investigations into police activity where someone has been seriously injured, alleges sexual assault or has died.

It is the the second time in less than a week that the SIU has invoked its mandate in Hamilton. On Sept. 29, it took over an investigation after a woman died from her injuries after being in a car that was struck in East Hamilton. Reports suggested that a car that was under investigation by police was involved in a serious collision.

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