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University of Calgary grad dies when hit by ice chunk on volcano in Ecuador

06/04/2013 02:54 EDT | Updated 08/03/2013 05:12 EDT
CALGARY - A 22-year-old graduate of the University of Calgary has died in a climbing accident in Ecuador.

Ecuadorian media says Danielle Kendall died Sunday after being hit by a piece of ice the size of a car while climbing the Cotopaxi volcano.

Kendall was reportedly on a guided climb with seven other people when the accident occurred during the descent at about 5,400 metres.

Her body has been recovered from the scene.

In a statement, the University of Calgary says Kendall had just completed her degree in chemical engineering with the Schulich School of Engineering.

The university says Kendall was also a member of the 2012-2013 Dinos women’s track and field team where she earned both personal and team medals.

A tweet posted by the university’s Engineering Students' Society says Kendall ”exhibited true engineering spirit and talent.”

The website volcanodiscovery.com describes Cotopaxi as one of South America's most famous volcanoes and one of its most active.

The 5,897 metre volcano is about 60 kilometres south of Quito.

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