Man feared dead in selfie tragedy days after marrying pregnant wife

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A missing groom is feared dead after sliding down a 30-metre-high dam taking selfies during a night out to celebrate his wedding with friends.

Abram Bedarev’s pregnant bride was sitting in a car nearby as he was swept away by waves in the Ob Sea in Siberia.

Friend and mother of one Kristina Knyazeva, 23, was killed in the tragedy.

Natalia and Abram Bedarev
Abram Bedarev (pictured with his wife, Natalia) is feared dead after taking selfies with friends during a night out to celebrate his wedding. Source: East2West/Australscope

Three days after the wedding, the group left bride Natalia Bedareva, 22, in the car when they crawled over a concrete barrier to take selfies with the waves of a large River Ob reservoir, which supplies water to the Russian city of Novosibirsk.

The sloping hydro-electric dam wall was covered in silt and slippery from high waves on a night of high winds, reports say.

Groom Abram, a brewery security guard and a father of one from his previous marriage, slipped into the water.

Other friends tied together their clothes to make “ropes” to rescue him, but slid into the water too.

Elena Petrova, 25, and her boyfriend, Nikolay, managed to clamber back onto the sloping dam.

Pictured is Abram Bedarev on his wedding day wearing a white button-up shirt and a bowtie.
Mr Bedarev on his wedding day. Source: East2West/Australscope

Rescuers pulled out Kristina and she was hospitalised but died on Wednesday (local time), two days after the incident.

"Abram slipped,” Ms Pavlova told news outlet Vesti Novosibirsk.

“The waves were high and everything was wet and he rolled into the water immediately.

“The ropes were not enough to pull him out.

“Kristina also fell into the water.

“I fell too, but luckily it was not very deep there, I was still able to touch the bottom.

“I do not remember how I managed to get out.”

– Australscope

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