This photo of locals and tourists enjoying a stormy day at Wick Beach on Saturday was taken roughly an hour before shock and sorrow filled the beach as a 48 year old male died in the water. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Man dies on Wickaninnish Beach between Tofino and Ucluelet

"It seems like it was a medical incident that happened while he was in the water."

Tragedy struck the West Coast on Remembrance Day when a 48 year-old man died in the water off Wickaninnish Beach around 4 p.m. Saturday.

“It seems like it was a medical incident that happened while he was in the water,” Const. Matthew Crist of the Ucluelet RCMP told the Westerly News. “Efforts were made by bystanders, as well as paramedics who attended the scene, to revive him, but, unfortunately, they weren’t successful.”

The man, whose identity has not been released, was not a resident of the West Coast, Crist said.

“It’s an ongoing coroner’s investigation but, at this point, there’s no foul play suspected so police are assisting the coroner,” Crist said.