Bride drowns while taking wedding photos

Maria Pantazopoulos 
By: John Roberts 

At the happiest time in her life the water just ended it all.

A woman, Maria Pantazopoulos, drowned after being pulled under the water by a strong current, while taken photos dressed in her wedding gown near waterfalls in Quebec, police said on Friday.

Sgt. Ronald McInnis of the Quebec Provincial Police said that her body was recovered about four hours after she disappeared underwater. Police originally said that she fell off a cliff and into the waterfall, but later corrected that.

She was married on June 9 and had photos taken while wearing her wedding dress at the picturesque Dorwin waterfalls as a backdrop. The incident happened in Rawdon, north of Montreal.

While she was being photographed alongside the ocean, the dress became saturated with water, leaving her unable to stay out of the water, police said.

The photographer and a passerby tried to rescue her, but could not because of the weight of the dress, McInnis said.
She slipped under the water and her body was recovered later in a river about 100 meters away.

Her dead body was found by a diver, police said.

McInnis said that family members were at the scene on Friday night. He said that two witnesses were hospitalized and treated for shock.