The BC Ambulance Service and the BC Coroners Service confirmed a man died on Saturday, Jan. 4 after he was discovered in the hot tub at Lost Lake Lodge.
Ben Mittelsteadt, a spokesperson with the ambulance service, said paramedics were dispatched to the lodge at just before 4 p.m. after the man was discovered submerged and alone in the hot tub.
“Paramedics were on the scene a few minutes later,” Mittelsteadt said.
A BC Ambulance helicopter was dispatched to the Whistler Health Clinic so he could be transferred to hospital in Vancouver for emergency care. Mittelsteadt said the patient was taken by ambulance to the clinic.
Barb McLintock of the coroner’s service confirmed that her office is investigating the death.
“The gentleman was taken to the medical clinic, where resuscitation was attempted, but unfortunately it was not successful,” McLintock wrote in an email message.
The helicopter wasn’t required, Mittelsteadt added, because the patient passed away.
“At this point (there’s) no suggestion of violence or anything suspicious at all,” wrote McLintock.
The man’s name, age and hometown have not yet been released.
Pique contacted the Lost Lake Lodge and learned the general manager was not available to discuss the matter because he was in a meeting debriefing the tragic incident. More details will be published by Pique as they become available.