Vancouver YouTuber Ryker Gamble one of three killed at Shannon Falls

Ryker Gamble inspired his High on Life followers on social media

Vancouver YouTube star Ryker Gamble, who inspired thousands to "embrace all of life’s opportunities,” has been identified as one of three young adults who died at Shannon Falls on Tuesday.

Family member, Rob Mangelsdorf, took to Facebook on Wednesday to pay tribute to his adventurous cousin.

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“There’s a little less light in the world today. I love you Ryker Gamble. You are gone but you will not be forgotten,” he posted.

It’s believed the trio slipped and were dragged into the current while swimming in one of the pools near the top of the falls.

Gamble, a woman and another man, dropped 30 metres over the pool’s ledge. Underwater dive teams recovered the bodies Wednesday morning.

Friends of Gamble have also begun to honor his memory on Facebook. Kimberly Fraatz, who met Gamble while working in the video industry, described him as "a true gentleman and a hero."

"I'm in absolute disbelief and shock. Ryker Gamble you were an amazing guy. We met when we were both starting our journey in this crazy industry, with a lil company called Gold Standard Entertainment," she posted.

"What an experience that was. You're a true gentleman and a hero. You will be missed and not forgotten."

Gamble was known for creating lively travel videos with his friends, Alexey Lyakh and Parker Heuser, for their popular Youtube channel High on Life.

The group has travelled all over the world, exploring a long list of destinations in Europe, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Canada, US, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal and Indonesia.

 According to their Facebook page, which has over 126,000 followers, the group had "been friends since high school and have been making videos ever since."

"Though we went to different universities we maintained our friendships throughout and moved in together after graduating, shortly after we began making videos again and started up a YouTube Channel," they posted.

"In 2012 we gave up our lease and set out on a big adventure around the world. It lasted 7 months and took us to 14 countries and completely drained our bank accounts.

"We were hooked. The following years we have been working hard to make travel and video production our full time job."

Their videos and photos have attracted a huge following on social media over the years, with their Instagram page @highonlife now boasting 1.1m followers.

Police have not yet released the names of the other two young people.

 

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