A 22-year-old student was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday afternoon near Surrey Lake after an accident involving a quad.
He was part of a group of 18 students and two faculty members with the environmental resources technology program at Nicola Valley Institute for Technology.
Kylie Thomas, director of students and registrar at NVIT, said the group was finishing up a day of hands-on learning four kilometres down Surrey-Sussex Lake Road when two of them — a man and woman — went for a ride on a quad owned by a student.
The driver lost control and went over an embankment. She is in Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man did not survive.
"Obviously, we are all deeply saddened," Thomas said.
NVIT is providing support and counselling for the students, she said.
The environmental resources technology program uses a generalist approach to forestry, fishery enhancement, environmental assessment, mining and grassland ecology designed to prepare students for more specialized courses.