​  Big Bear Lake Bridge


Wednesday's fatality is the first accidental death at the Big Bear Bridge.    


Late Wednesday evening April 6th at approximately 11:15 P.M., Big Bear Sheriff Deputies and Big Bear Fire Personnel, responded to a call that a subject reportedly fell from the structure of the State Route-18 at the Big Bear Bridge over Big Bear Dam.

The victim, identified as 27-year-old Craig Cowie, was a resident of Sugarloaf. He was hiking with friends in the ravine below the Big Bear Bridge. It was reported that Cowie climbed onto the support arch of the bridge and accidentally fell approximately 150 feet to the ground. Cowie sustained fatal injuries as a result of the fall.

Big Bear Fire Responders recovered the body, using a z-rig rope system. The San Bernardino Sheriff/Coroner, responded to the scene and notification of the fatality was made to Cowie’s next of kin.