Moot point here, but if the impact of a pedestrian falling onto the still waters of either Burrard Inlet or False Creek and doesn't kill them, but they are found to have died by drowning, then that statistic (drowning) is not included in official reports because it falls within one of the three realms of "natural causes, suicide, or homicide".
If the point of installing suicide prevention fences on Metro Vancouver Bridges is to save lives why doesn't the three levels of government go the extra kilometres and fence in the interfaces between pedestrians and motor vehicles? Streets and Sidewalks. One example: Stanley Park Causeway
Each year in B.C., about 65 pedestrians don't survive a collision with a vehicle.
The Pedestrians that do survive end up at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) with cameras rolling. And if they don't survive?... its not like ICBC will step in and do a complete rebuild like they'll do with the car that caused the death, or will ICBC just write-off both?
Knowledge Network: Emergency Life and Death
Sampling of Burrard Bridge's Suicide Prevention Fences
North Shore News
More people jump to their deaths from the Lions Gate Bridge each year than any other bridge in the province. They continue to do so despite a recommendation more than five years ago from the B.C. Coroners Service to retrofit the five bridges where people most commonly jump to their deaths with some kind of suicide barrier or netting.
In 22 years between 1991 and 2013, government statistics point to 78 people ending their lives on the Lions Gate Bridge.
About one person a year dies from suicide by jumping from the Burrard Bridge, according to Vancouver Coastal Health.
Pedestrian drowning statistics?
|BC Drowning Report|
|Includes only preventable (unintentional) deaths, not deaths due to natural causes, suicide, or homicide.|
BC Coroners Service Child Death Review Panel
A Review of Road-Related Pedestrian, Cyclist and Boarder Deaths in Children and Youth
A net would have been a more efficient means for the prevention of suicides happening on Bridges.
As it is all that has to happen is to take one step ladder, or one part of an extension ladder, and just for safety, .... handcuff it to the fence. Then wait for the police to arrive, meanwhile all the traffic would be at a standstill.