27 Aug 2012

Woman drowned in wedding dress

7:35 am on 27 August 2012

A woman in Canada has drowned during a photoshoot as she posed in her wedding dress near a waterfall at a park in Quebec.

Estate agent Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, was apparently pulled under the water when her dress became saturated.

The BBC reports she is thought to have been staging a "trash the dress" photoshoot, where a newlywed bride is pictured ruining her wedding outfit.

Photographer Louis Pagakis told CTV News he jumped in to try to save her, but was unable to do so.

"She had her wedding dress on and said 'take some pictures of me while I swim a little bit in the lake','' he said.

"She went in and her dress got heavy, I tried everything I could to save her. I jumped in, I was screaming and yelling. We tried our best."