‘I’m slipping, I’m slipping!’ Horror as bride plunges to her death in wedding dress while posing for pictures in front of waterfall
Bride, 30, who hasn’t been named, fell into river after wedding dress got wet and dragged her in
She was posing for wedding pictures after getting married in June
Body found several hours later by a diver after police and firefighters scoured the area where she fell
Two witnesses, including photographer, were hospitalised with extreme shock
Woman’s fiance and family were not present for the tragedy
A bride posing for photographs in her wedding gown has drowned after her dress got wet and dragged her into a river near a ‘violently’ rushing waterfall in Canada.
The 30-year-old, who has not been named because police haven’t notified all of her family, was standing on a rock when she slipped and fell into the Ouareau River near Dorwin Falls, north of Montreal, at around 2.30pm. Her body was found several hours later, around 6pm.
The woman yelled ‘I’m slipping, I’m slipping, I’m slipping,’ before falling off the rock she was perched on for her wedding pictures, according to CBC.
Crime scene: Police, pictured, discovered the woman’s body around 6pm on Friday
Quebec provincial police spokesman Sgt. Ronald McInnis described the site as being elevated and rocky, with water ‘violently’ rushing below.
‘She was doing the photo shoot in about 6 inches or 1-foot of water when part of her wedding dress got soaked and became extremely heavy,’ McInnis told MailOnline.
‘She started slipping and falling down when the photographer grabbed her but she was too heavy that he couldn’t pull her from the edge.
‘Another person tried to grab her but also was unable to save her from falling into the river.’
McInnes said the woman, from Laval, a small Island north of Montreal, was found 100-feet from where she fell by a private diver who knows the river and volunteered to help with the search.
The diver pulled her body, still clad in her voluminous wedding dress, from the river, which was 20-foot deep in the part she was found.
‘She had sunk to the bottom,’ McInnes said.
Bride: A bride dressed in her wedding gown has plunged to her death while posing for photographs on top of a Canada waterfall (file photo)
Tragedy: A Quebec bride-to-be has plunged to her death after falling down Dorwin Falls, pictured, in her wedding dress
Two witnesses, believed to be the photographer and an assistant, were hospitalised for extreme shock.
McInnes said the bride’s fiance was not present for the photo shoot and neither were any family members. However, her cousins and her brother rushed to the site when they heard of the tragedy.
‘It’s horrible,’ McInnes said. ‘This is the first time I’ve heard of a story like that. I told my partner, this is a story that is going to go all around the world.’
The bride had been married on June 9 but had not had her wedding photos taken yet.
She wanted them taken at the falls, perched on the rocks in her gown, Marco Michaud, a colleague of the photographer taking the pictures told CBC.
She chose the beautiful site, located near the small city of Rawdon, as the backdrop but during the photo shoot she lost her footing on some rocks when her dress got wet.
Slipped: The woman, who has not been named, was standing on a rock when she slipped and fell at around 2.30pm this afternoon
She tumbled into the water and was weighed down by the heavy material of her wedding dress, pulling her underwater.
Rescue teams made up of police officers in Zodiac boats, firefighters and local divers searched the area for the bride and it was hours before they found any sign of her.
Police initially reported that the woman was on the verge of being married, and that the accident had occurred at the notoriously hazardous Dorwin Falls, nearby.
But McInnes later clarified that the scene of the tragedy was not paricularly dangerous.
‘There’s not a very strong current there, and not much water,’ McInnis said. ‘Her dress became full of water. It became too heavy.’
The family of the victim have declined to speak to the media.