Woman dies weeks into dream trip with boyfriend after plunging into river

A woman died weeks into a ‘once-in-a-lifetime trip’ with her boyfriend after plunging into a river from a motorway bridge.

Danni Hogan, 23, and her partner Louis Aiello had embarked on a year long adventure together when the tragedy occurred in Sicamous, British Columbia.

During a visit to the popular tourist spot of Bruhn Bridge on August 8, Dani, from Taranaki, New Zealand, and three others jumped 20 metres to the water below, before she failed to resurface immediately after.

The spot is popular with visitors who jump from the bridge for fun.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed Danni was eventually pulled to the shore by others in the water.

She was transported to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

On a fundraising page for Dani’s family, her heartbroken boyfriend Louis wrote: "She was glowing with life and excitement and was ready to take on the world.

"Danni’s heart grew with love for herself and me, as mine did for her. Life couldn’t get much better.

"In a blink of an eye this world we knew changed. Danni’s gentle and loving heart stopped beating after a freak accident I would do anything to take back.

"Danni was the love of my life and always will be. She will forever hold the biggest part of my heart and I feel unbelievably lucky to have shared my life and my heart with Danni.

"Danni’s life was one to be proud of. Her loving family, parents Vicky and Brian and sisters Olivia and Tia cherished Danni and gave her everything we saw in Danni and she loved each of them deeply- what me and Danni called more than love!

Danni’s family and friends have been devastated by this loss and we are all left feeling lost and bereft in her absence."

RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Murray McNeil revealed it was the second death in the area this summer, reports the Salmon Arm Observer .

He said: "Tragically this is the second water-related death in Sicamous this summer.

"“While we want to encourage people to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer, we cannot stress enough the importance of paying attention to advisories and signage which are put in place to ensure your safety.”

Louis has so far raised more than $23,000, around £18,000, explaining that any extra money would go to a charity of the Hogans’ choice.

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