This was the first-ever time that Dalton had waded into the waters. The couple got pulled into the ocean by a strong current and he began to "freak out."
A 22-year-old man from Iowa tragically drowned during his honeymoon to Florida on Tuesday, reports Yahoo News. The shocking incident happened a mere three days after he and his girlfriend tied the knot. Newlyweds Dalton and Cheyenne Cottrell, who married in Missouri on July 27, were visiting Crescent Beach in St. Augustine when the two went for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
This was the first-ever time that Dalton had waded into the waters, reports NBC News. The couple was pulled 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 that she tried her best to help her husband, but in his state of panic, he kept dragging her under the swell with him. Ultimately, Dalton slipped below the surface, where he remained underwater for about a minute before help arrived, his wife told the police.
A beachgoer who witnessed the drowning told officials that as soon as he heard screams coming from the ocean, he 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 then proceeded to perform CPR on Dalton, but they said it was too late by then. The heartbroken and devastated wife took to Facebook to share the news of her husband's tragic death, that too on their honeymoon. There is no pain like the loss of your loved ones.
Cheyenne wrote: 3 days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly for the Cottrell family as well as my own. Many of you know but more of you do not; so the family and I decided to put the awful news here on Facebook though this is not where I wish to place it or even have to say it. Yesterday afternoon while at the beach the Lord decided to call my husband Dalton to come home to Him.
There are so much fear and uncertainty coursing through myself. My parents came down early this morning to be with me as I begin the next journey. Never did I think at 22 would I be a wife and then a widow so quickly. Please pray for me and all families as we grieve. Right now there are no details for a funeral, but we will know more in the next several days. I love you so much, Dalton Cottrell.
Cheyenne and Dalton recently completed their junior years at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, a private Christian college and seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, where Dalton was studying to become a pastor.
A statement from the school said the community was "devastated" by news of the student's death. "I would like to encourage Eagle Nation to pray for, love, and support both Cheyenne and Dalton’s family," school president Dr. Jim Tillotson added.
"It is moments like this that Eagle Nation means the most. May we do all we can to support all of them through this difficult time." A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Cheyenne with funeral costs for Dalton.
While we know that he is now with the Lord, Cheyenne is left in the position of now paying for a funeral 3 days after paying for a wedding. Our hearts are so broken for Cheyenne and all family members involved. Please prayerfully consider giving to Cheyenne as she goes through this time of preparation to bury her brand new husband, and keep the family in your prayers.