Canadian dies on Gros Piton hike

A hike to the summit of Gros Piton on Saturday ended in tragedy when a Canadian national, identified as Christopher Diachuk, died on the mountain peak.

The CEO of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), Walter Francois, told the Times that the tour had not been organized by the foundation.

“My understanding is that the individual hiked to the summit and there was some mishap and the person passed away,” Francois said.

He added:

“We have warned against this and persons keep doing it.”

According to Francois, the SRDF provides coverage when it organizes tours and has trained guides accompany hikers.

He explained that the guides provide information and advice on water consumption, as well as explain the rigors of the climb and the estimated time of arrival and return.

Soufriere police are currently investigating the incident.