A young man celebrating his 17th birthday died Tuesday after falling nine metres into a gravel pit in Squamish, B.C.

Although police have not identified the victim, friends have told CTV News that he is Dan Savage, who wore number 16 for the Squamish Eagles rep hockey team.

RCMP say Savage was part of a group of five teenagers who had entered a private gravel pit near Quest University, and were "horsing around" in the gravel and sand.

Around 1:50 a.m., Savage slipped off a ledge. He was unconscious when police arrived, and later died at Squamish General Hospital.

Police and the coroners service are investigating the incident.