Teenager dies in workplace accident at British Columbia fish farm

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Aidan Webber, a national champion BMX athlete, was killed in a workplace involving a fish pen.

The North Island Gazette reports that Andy Watson of the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed that a male teenager from Nanaimo died in a workplace accident at a fish farm off the north end of Vancouver Island, Canada.

“We are in the very early stages of our investigation, not only confirming his identity but to confirm how, where, when and by what means he died,” Watson said.

WorkSafe B.C. spokeswoman Gillian Burnett told the publication in an e-mail that they were notified about “a tragic incident that resulted in the death of a young worker” at 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

“Preliminary details indicate it happened about [16 kilometres] off the coast of Port Hardy and involved a fish pen,” Burnett said, adding that WorkSafe is investigating.

“Yesterday, Nanaimo BMX lost one of our family members. It is with sadness and regret that we say goodbye to Aidan Webber,” noted a Facebook post from the Nanaimo BMX Association. “Aidan tragically lost his life yesterday in a work accident.”

Webber was a champion BMX raider who had represented Canada in championships around the world.

It is not yet known which fish farm the fatal accident took place at.