What was supposed to be a year-long trip of a lifetime for a young New Zealand couple has ended in tragedy just three weeks in.
Danni Hogan, described as a “vibrant and adventurous soul”, set off from her home in Taranaki on the North Island, alongside partner Louis Aiello ready to take on the world together.
One week ago, the 23-year-old shared a photo of her and Mr Aiello in Canada, with the caption “I love exploring the world with you.”
But on Wednesday, he found himself starting a crowdfunding page to bring her body home after a jump from a 20-metre bridge into a river went horribly wrong.
Ms Hogan and four other women all made the daunting leap from Bruhn Bridge – a popular tourist activity in Sicamous, British Columbia, the New Zealand Herald reported.
When she failed to resurface, bystanders helped pull her from the water before rushing her to a hospital, where she was transferred to another facility.
It was there she was pronounced dead.
In an emotional tribute on the crowdfunding page, which has already surpassed its goal of $20,000, Mr Aiello said he would have done anything to stop the fatal jump from happening.
“Danni took on a new lease of life in this country and her spirit was in such a beautiful place here. She was glowing with life and excitement and was ready to take on the world. Life couldn’t get much better,” Mr Aiello’s tribute read.
“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 – my own Sweet Angel Girl.”
Ms Hogan’s mother took to Facebook on Monday, saying their hearts are broken.
Our hearts are broken to lose this precious lady from our midst…..a sweetheart that captured our hearts and love….we…