Young champion BMX rider from Nanaimo dies in fish farm accident

Aidan Webber an ‘amazing son, brother, rider and friend’

A promising young BMX racer who represented Canada and won titles at home and abroad has died in a workplace accident in the waters off northeast Vancouver Island.

A post on the Nanaimo BMX Facebook page says Nanaimo resident Aidan Webber died Sunday.

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The B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC confirm there was a death, but say privacy rules prevent them from naming the victim.

WorkSafeBC says the young worker died in an accident that involved a fish pen about 16 kilometres off Port Hardy.

Jeremy Dunn, director of public affairs for Mowi Canada West, confirmed Tuesday there is an investigation into the death Sunday of a contract employee at the company’s Robertson Island Farm.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this time, all of us at Mowi are devastated by this tragedy,” Dunn said.

Webber won Canada’s BMX championship for junior men, ages 17 and 18, last July and represented Canada at the world championships in Colombia in 2016.

He is survived by his parents and siblings.

“Aidan, was an amazing son, brother, rider and friend to many. He has been a constant figure racing around Nanaimo’s track and tracks all around the world. His friends come from far and wide. Aidan will be missed by all,” says the BMX Nanaimo post.

After coming off a year of injury in 2017, Webber told the Cycling Canada website that his Canadian junior victory last summer was a “huge confidence booster.”

“Winning the national champion’s jersey really shows all the hard work I’ve put in,” he said.

A post on Webber’s own Facebook page in late 2016 thanked his parents, coach and sponsors for helping him do what he loved and was “still truly passionate about.”

WorkSafeBC says a report detailing the cause of the death will be available after an investigation into the death concludes.

— With a file from Louise Dickson, Times Colonist

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