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Beautiful Bride Dragged To Her Death In Wedding Dress while Posing for Pictures in Front of Waterfall

A bride posing for photographs in her wedding  gown has drowned after her dress got wet and dragged her into a river near a  ‘violently’ rushing waterfall in Canada.

30-year-old Maria Pantazopoulos was standing  on a rock when she slipped and fell into the Ouareau River near Dorwin Falls,  north of Montreal, on Friday afternoon. Her body was found several hours later,  around 6pm.

The newly-wed yelled ‘I’m slipping, I’m  slipping, I’m slipping,’ before falling off the rock she was perched on for her  wedding pictures, according to CBC.

The photo-shoot was part of an increasing  trend dubbed ‘Trash the Dress’ where recent brides playfully destroy their  wedding dress. Pantazopoulos had commissioned the shoot following her June 9  wedding.

The distraught photographer, Louis Pagakis,  told CTV Montreal that he did everything he could to  save Pantazopoulos after she got into danger.

Tragedy: Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, died while posing for photographs in her wedding gown. She drowned after her dress got wet and dragged her into a river near a ‘violently’ rushing waterfall in Canada

She had her wedding dress on and she said, ‘take some pictures of me while I swim a little bit in the lake,’ she went in  and her dress got heavy, I tried everything I could to save her,” he told the  station, visibly emotional.

Quebec provincial police spokesman  Sgt.  Ronald McInnis described the site as being elevated and rocky, with water  ‘violently’ rushing below.

‘She was doing the photo shoot in about 6  inches or 1-foot of water when  part of her wedding dress got soaked and became  extremely heavy,’  McInnis told MailOnline.

‘She started slipping and falling down when  the photographer grabbed her but she was too heavy that he couldn’t pull her  from the edge.

‘Another person tried to grab her but also  was unable to save her from falling into the river.’

McInnes said Pantazopoulos, from Laval, a  small Island north of Montreal, was  found 100-feet from where she fell by a  private diver who knows the  river and volunteered to help with the search.

The diver pulled the young woman’s body,  still clad in her voluminous  wedding dress, from the river, which was 20-foot  deep in the part she  was found.

‘She had sunk to the bottom,’ McInnes  said.

Two witnesses, believed to be the  photographer and an assistant, were hospitalised for extreme shock.

McInnes said the bride’s fiance was not  present for the photo shoot and neither were any family members. However, her  cousins and her brother rushed to the site when they heard of the tragedy.

‘It’s horrible,’ McInnes said. ‘This is the  first time I’ve heard of a  story like that. I told my partner, this is a story  that is going to go  all around the world.’

Pantazopoulos  wanted the fun photos taken at the falls, perched on the rocks in her gown, Marco Michaud, a  colleague of the photographer taking the pictures told CBC.

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Posted by on August 25, 2012. Filed under NY News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to Beautiful Bride Dragged To Her Death In Wedding Dress while Posing for Pictures in Front of Waterfall

  1. Mazal Tov

    August 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    does not add up at all, i would love to see a full investigation into this