A 25-year-old businessman from the South Shore of Montreal died Thursday morning, swept away by an avalanche that occurred on the highest volcano in Ecuador, causing panic among his relatives.
Around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, an avalanche was declared by local authorities in Chimborazo, the highest volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes, where Rébecca Dinelle and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Éloi Larrivee, were riding. who began to climb within a few hours. about. The young man survived this avalanche, unlike his companion, whose relatives were informed of the death Thursday night.
The death of the young woman, who was the managing director of the McMasterville-based marketing agency 3 Sphères Communications, sparked many reactions on social networks. “With a broken heart this morning I have to announce the death of my best friend, my sister and my partner Rébecca Dinelle”, wrote especially on Friday night Jeff Thinault-Flynn, who of the young woman who founded the company. which he directed until recently.
“We would like to send our deepest condolences to all the family and friends of Rebecca Dinelle, whom we loved as our own daughter. Look after us, Rebecca Dinelle. You will always be loved,” said Martin Larrivé, the father of the victim’s girlfriend.
The victim is fond of extreme sports and cycling. Her death was also highlighted by the Women’s Cycling Team, which also took to social media to pay tribute to her on Saturday. “Words fail us to express the sad loss experienced by the road and mountain biking community,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page.
The causes of this landslide, which occurred at more than 5,000 meters above sea level, are still unknown. However, the Ecuadorian government decided on Friday night to announce a ban on “high mountain” activities at this site until next Tuesday.
Kim Morissette, friend of Ms. Dinelle, also launched a donation campaign last Friday night that has already collected more than $6,700 to support the bereaved family of the young woman. The sums collected will be used to cover the funeral expenses and some expenses not covered by the insurance of the victim, whose body will be returned to Quebec.
“His death and the unusual circumstances behind his death involved an unimaginable amount. If we follow it, however, we will understand that the home of our loved one from the bottom of our hearts is very precious. Join us to let she who will fly the most beautiful journeys as she used to do,” wrote Ms. Morissette in reference to Rébecca Dinelle.