The White Rock Pier has been damaged and people are absolutely heartbroken.
On Thursday, December 20th, boats, strong winds and pounding waves tore apart the historic pier located at 15322 White Rock Promenade.
During the madness, one person found himself trapped on the pier as strong winds and powerful waves continued to pound the dock.
Police explored multiple options to rescue the stranded person, but eventually called in a helicopter to snatch him up.
- Photos & Videos Of The Metro Vancouver Wind Storm
- Strong Winds Shut Down Stanley Park and VanDusen Gardens
White Rock’s historic pier was originally built in 1914 as a dock for the coastal steamships that arrived when the Great Northern Railway began operation.
The popular tourist attraction stretched out 470m (1542 ft.) into the ocean and was always busy with huge crowds.
Here’s how people reacted online to its unfortunate demise.
I grew up in White Rock, my mom went into labour with me under the pier and it was my solace all through highschool. It was heartbreaking to see the image on my Facebook feed. Peace out Pier, you had an amazing 104 years. #whiterockpier #whiterock https://t.co/rykMwT7pBI
— Cedar/Salt Taylor (@saltcipher) December 21, 2018
— Jasmeen (@JasmeenD) December 21, 2018
— Dale Wolfe (@dalewolfe) December 21, 2018
— Janice Raposo (@janicenoelle) December 21, 2018
— Leanda Rae (@psymediumleanda) December 20, 2018
— Gotham S (@CroissantSamosa) December 21, 2018
— Bruce Claggett (@BruceClaggett) December 21, 2018
The iconic 100 year old Semiahmoo Pier of White Rock B.C. is in pieces today after 100 km/h storm. One man without good weather sense was stranded, then rescued. #WhiteRock #SwimRogerSwim pic.twitter.com/OsIEqjw8Si
— Timothy Fagan (@TFaganWriting) December 21, 2018
— Carla Weckstrom (@carlaweckstrom) December 21, 2018
— Neil Moody (@Neil_Moody_) December 21, 2018
Oh #WhiteRockPier you’ve held my steps my entire life. Sad.
— Simmi dhillon (@SIMMIthinks) December 21, 2018
Experienced the worst storm to hit my small beach town in decades. Our iconic 100-year old pier was severed and there’s widespread damage throughout the community. #bcstorm #whiterockpier pic.twitter.com/z2Uwisac7L
— Lisa Pulsifer (@coasthikergirl) December 21, 2018
This place… On the night of my high school graduation we chose the pier at #WhiteRock to watch the sunrise. It was the first time I had stayed out all night… With my parents' blessing 😉. Sad to see this beautiful spot destroyed. #rebuild #whiterockpier #windstorm https://t.co/Fe5S4iCwDx
— Jocelyn Laidlaw (@CTVJLaidlaw) December 21, 2018
— Helen Fathers (@HelenFathers) December 21, 2018
— Liam Raymond Dib (@ProdSonOfLCD) December 21, 2018
— katayoon (@katayoonwebb) December 21, 2018
— Tracy Redies (@tracyrediesbc) December 20, 2018
— Tyler Ingram (@TylerIngram) December 21, 2018
Get more 604, delivered to your inbox
Plan your next night out, enter contests, and stay connected.