Man on Florida honeymoon drowns while swimming in the ocean for the first time

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A nearby beachgoer joined the lifeguard in a rescue effort and used a paddleboard to guide Cottrell back to shore, CNN reported.

The lifeguard tried to revive Cottrell, who went into cardiac arrest before dying at a nearby hospital.


Cheyenne later told authorities that it was her husband’s first time in the ocean.

The widow shared her grief in a Wednesday Facebook post, writing, “3 days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly for the Cottrell family as well as my own.”

“Never did I think at 22 would I be a wife and then a widow so quickly.”

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