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Camper's deadly fall in Cape Breton sparks safety concerns

08/29/2012 12:34 EDT | Updated 10/29/2012 05:12 EDT
Safety concerns are mounting at a Cape Breton campground after a 64-year-old man plummeted to his death last week.

Susumu Yoda, of Bedford, N.S., fell over a 30-metre cliff at the Meat Cove campground. His body was discovered by a sightseer who was observing the view from above.

"Everyone here feels so much remorse. Because it's such a beautiful place," said Clayton MacKinnon, volunteer fire chief in Bay St. Lawrence.

MacKinnon said two other people have been badly hurt in the same spot in the last 20 years.

He said it might be time to build a barricade.

"My point of view, from people talking to me in the community and adjacent communities, something should be done," MacKinnon said.

Not everyone agrees.

Alan Bonnar lives up the road from the campground. He said people need to recognize the risks when they stay there.

"It's one of the things you have to live with when you come this far and you decide to camp at the edge of a bank. That's just how it goes," he said.

Under provincial regulations campground managers must keep the grounds safe and well maintained, but there's no specific mention of barriers or fences.

The owner of the Meat Cove campground refused to comment on the fence.

He said he's owned the property for 30 years and people wouldn't go there, if they didn't want to.

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