A devastating accident on June 21st resulted in the death of a 16-year-old Victoria boy.
Gabriel Pollard, who suffered from a severe form of muscular dystrophy (MD) was finishing up a sailing trip with the Disabled Sailing Association, when the sling used to carry him to shore broke and dropped him into the water.
According to several reports, the team brought him back to land after he was in the water about 15 minutes, but on the way to hospital Pollard had a seizure and passed away.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and the BC Coroner’s Service are currently investigating the death.
His uncle, Marcus Pollard has started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with the funeral costs and other expenses during this difficult time. Since its creation on Wednesday, June 27th, the page has raised almost $4,500 of it’s $15,000 goal at the time of publication.
“Gabe’s mother (my sister) was with him the whole time, and watched the whole thing. It is a parent’s and a family’s worst nightmare,” reads the page. “I know my sister will never be the same, and we have lost the last years of this amazing young man’s life.”
By several accounts, the teenager was a vibrant individual in spite of his disability, and had a light and airy spirit.
Here is a memorial video produced by Roll.Focus. Productions featuring an interview with Gabriel before the tragic accident.
It’s been a heartbreaking week.This spring, we featured our partner The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Respite Connect Program which links children with special needs and their families to care providers. It wasn’t long before we were introduced to Carrie Pollard and her 16 year old son, Gabriel, as well as their caregiver, Annie Do. Our team went into this shoot with a plan of featuring the ladies and their working relationship, but weren’t really sure of what to expect otherwise.Once we arrived at Carrie’s home in Victoria, we were greeted with a bundle of energy: Gabe. He was talking a mile a minute about our jobs, his remote control car, and asking us questions until finally he said, “You know, I think I’d like to be interviewed, too.”Needless to say, he stole the show. It seems to us that the brightest lights are snuffed out too soon. Last week, Gabe passed away in a tragic sailing accident. He was a star and we loved every moment, no matter how brief, of working with this young man who was so wise beyond his years.We send our sincerest condolences to his mom Carrie, the entire family and everyone who Gabe left his mark on. Rest easy, buddy.
Posted by Roll.Focus. Productions on Thursday, June 28, 2018