A newly wed woman is mourning the loss of her husband after he tragically drowned during their honeymoon, just three days after saying ‘I do’.
Newlyweds Dalton 22 and Cheyenne Cottrell, who wed in Missouri on July 27, were visiting Crescent Beach in St. Augustine when the two went for a swim in the Atlantic.
What the couple did not know is that ,that would be their last time together given that was Dalton’s first-ever time in the ocean and it was his last.
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The pair was carried out into the ocean by a strong current when Dalton began to “freak out,” Cheyenne told deputies with the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Cheyenne said she tried to help her struggling husband but added that in his panicked state, he kept dragging her under the swell with him.
Eventually, Dalton slipped below the surface and remained underwater for about a minute before help arrived, his wife told police.
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A beach goer who witnessed the drowning told deputies he heard screams coming from the ocean and grabbed his paddleboard to help, according to the Florida-Times Union.
The good Samaritan teamed up with a St. Johns County lifeguard to bring Dalton back to shore on the board. Rescuers performed CPR on the victim, but he was declared dead at the scene.
Cheyenne took to Facebook following the tragedy to share the news with her friends.
“3 days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly.
Yesterday afternoon while at the beach the Lord decided to call my husband Dalton to come home to Him.
There is so much fear and uncertainty coursing through myself.
Never did I think at 22 would I be a wife and then a widow so quickly.”