Man, 22, drowns just three days after his wedding on honeymoon

A 22-year-old groom has drowned on his honeymoon just three days after getting married.

Dalton Cottrell, 22, drowned on Tuesday (local time) while swimming at Florida’s Crescent Beach, according to The Florida Times-Union.

He was swept out to sea during his first time in the ocean.

Iowa man Dalton Cottrell, 22, was on his honeymoon when he drowned off a Florida beach.
Dalton Cottrell, 22, drowned on his honeymoon while swimming at a Florida beach. Source: Dalton Cottrell/Facebook

A beachgoer heard screaming from the water and grabbed a paddle board, joining a lifeguard who went to the rescue.

The report says they found the man, from Malcom in Iowa, and brought him back to shore, but he died.

Mr Cottrell’s wife Cheyenne told police it was his first time in the ocean.

The bride said the current had pulled the pair out and her husband “started to freak out”.

It was Dalton's first time in the water. He and his wife, Cheyenne Cottrell, had been married just three days earlier.
Dalton and Cheyenne Cottrell married just three days earlier. Source: Cheyenne Cottrell/Facebook

Ms Cottrell told police she tried to help, but he was struggling and pulled her underwater.

Confirming the tragedy on her Facebook page on Wednesday (local time), Ms Cottrell told how “3 days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly”.

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary – in Ankeny, Iowa – said in a statement the couple were seniors at the school and had married on Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr Cottrell was studying to be a pastor, the school confirmed.

Tuesday’s tragedy comes two days after a widower fell off a cliff in Hawaii and died while on a “healing vacation” while mourning her late husband.

Last Friday a new bride died after being swept away in a river while hiking in a remote national park trying to find a bus made famous in the movie, Into the Wild.

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