A recent bride was posing for wedding photos one last time Friday when she slipped into a river and was dragged to death by her own water-soaked wedding dress.
“I tried to save her. I tried, I tried, I tried,” the bride’s photographer, Louis Pagakis, told CTV News.
Pagakis said the bride — now identified as 30-year-old Laval, Quebec realtor Maria Pantazopoulos — was married June 9 and wanted a shot of herself swimming in her dress.
Canadian police first told reporters the woman had slipped off a cliff and plunged to her death. They also said she was a bride-to-be, CTV reports.
Later in the day, police corrected themselves, telling media that the woman only had her feet in the Ouareau River, near Dorwin Falls in Rawdon.
They said her dress absorbed a large quantity of water and pulled her into the water. She was eventually swept away by the current.
Policemen soon reported to the scene and found the woman’s body in about four hours.
Two witnesses, who were not named, were taken to a local hospital for shock.