She wanted to be photographed in her wedding dress one last time, but as the newlywed bride posed beside the Ouareau River in Quebec, she lost her footing on the slippery rocks and was swept away by the river current.
It was a Trash The Dress photo shoot, when brides take photos in their wedding gown in places that are sure to ruin the dress, when the tragedy happened.
Quebec Provincial Police spokesman Ronald McGinnis tells CBC the 30-year old woman suggested she dip her toes into the river as the photographer snapped her photo. But the dress became extremely heavy after soaking up water and the petite woman asked for help to get out. Police say the photographer and his assistant couldn't lift her and that's when she slipped on the rocks and was carried away by the current.
The National Post quotes Sgt. McInnis saying, “The photographer put down his equipment and tried to save her. He grabbed her with his hands.” “[One witness] tried to help, but they couldn’t save her." Photographer Louis Pagakis tells CTV News, “I tried to save her. I tried, I tried, I tried.” And Global Post reports the photographer and his assistant were taken to hospital to be treated for extreme shock.
Canada.com says when police arrived on the scene two officers dived into the river to try to find her but had no success.
CBC reports a local diver found the woman's body about 4 hours later at the bottom of a deep water basin.
Police say the woman, from the Montreal area suburb of Laval, got married on June 9. Her new husband was not at the photo shoot.