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NZ tourist dies in accident in Canada

Young Kiwi jumped off bridge

One month into a year-long sojourn abroad with her partner, a New Zealand traveller has died after jumping from a road bridge in Canada.


Image Danni Hogan / Facebook


Danni Hogan, 23, leapt off the 20-metre high Bruhn Bridge into water in Sicamous, British Columbia at around 2am last Wednesday, Canada’s Salmon Arm Observer reported.


According to the paper, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police statement said the woman was one of four people to jump from the bridge.


The RCMP was called after the woman didn’t immediately resurface and others helped her to shore.


Transported to a local hospital then larger hospital, she was later pronounced dead.     


Police don’t suspect any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.


According to the New Zealand Herald, Facebook posts showed jumping from the bridge was a popular activity.


However, a local resident said people only jumped from the bridge on occasions, and it usually wasn’t the town’s people, NZ’s Stuff reported.


Part of the Trans-Canada Highway, the 100-year-old bridge is due to be replaced by a new multi-lane bridge.


Sicamous is considered the houseboat capital of Canada, with a population that swells in summer.


Last month, a 26-year-old Canadian man drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 14 August 2018

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