A bride posing for photographs in her weddingÂ gown has drowned after her dress got wet and dragged her into a river near aÂ ‘violently’ rushing waterfall in Canada.
30-year-old Maria Pantazopoulos was standingÂ on a rock when she slipped and fell into the Ouareau River near Dorwin Falls,Â north of Montreal, on Friday afternoon. Her body was found several hours later,Â around 6pm.
The newly-wed yelled ‘I’m slipping, I’mÂ slipping, I’m slipping,’ before falling off the rock she was perched on for herÂ wedding pictures, according to CBC.
The photo-shoot was part of an increasingÂ trend dubbed ‘Trash the Dress’ where recent brides playfully destroy theirÂ wedding dress. Pantazopoulos had commissioned the shoot following her June 9Â wedding.
The distraught photographer, Louis Pagakis,Â told CTV Montreal that he did everything he could toÂ save Pantazopoulos after she got into danger.
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 inÂ and her dress got heavy, I tried everything I could to save her,” he told theÂ station, visibly emotional.
Quebec provincial police spokesmanÂ Sgt.Â Ronald McInnis described the site as being elevated and rocky, with waterÂ ‘violently’ rushing below.
‘She was doing the photo shoot in about 6Â inches or 1-foot of water whenÂ part of her wedding dress got soaked and becameÂ extremely heavy,’Â McInnis told MailOnline.
‘She started slipping and falling down whenÂ the photographer grabbed her but she was too heavy that he couldn’t pull herÂ from the edge.
‘Another person tried to grab her but alsoÂ was unable to save her from falling into the river.’
McInnes said Pantazopoulos, from Laval, aÂ small Island north of Montreal, wasÂ found 100-feet from where she fell by aÂ private diver who knows theÂ river and volunteered to help with the search.
The diver pulled the young woman’s body,Â still clad in her voluminousÂ wedding dress, from the river, which was 20-footÂ deep in the part sheÂ was found.
‘She had sunk to the bottom,’ McInnesÂ said.
Two witnesses, believed to be theÂ photographer and an assistant, were hospitalised for extreme shock.
McInnes said the bride’s fiance was notÂ present for the photo shoot and neither were any family members. However, herÂ cousins and her brother rushed to the site when they heard of the tragedy.
‘It’s horrible,’ McInnes said. ‘This is theÂ first time I’ve heard of aÂ story like that. I told my partner, this is a storyÂ that is going to goÂ all around the world.’
PantazopoulosÂ wanted the fun photos taken at the falls, perched on the rocks in her gown, Marco Michaud, aÂ colleague of the photographer taking the pictures told CBC.