Seminary students on their honeymoon had a tragic ending when the new husband got swept into the ocean by a rip current.

Dalton Cottrell, 22, of Malcom, Iowa, drowned Tuesday, July 30, when he went swimming in the ocean for the first time and got swept out to sea by a strong rip current.

Cheyenne his wife of three days, who is also 22, said in an emotional Facebook post Wednesday that “three days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly.”

3 days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly for the Cottrell family as well as mine own. Many of you…

Posted by Cheyenne Cottrell on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office,Cheyenne Cottrell said that it was Dalton’s first time being in the ocean and he “started to freak out” and struggle after getting swept further into the water by the current.

Cottrell said she tried to help her husband but struggled because he kept pulling her under the water. Dalton then went underwater for more than a minute.

A St. Johns County lifeguard and William David Foy, a nearby paddle boarder, swam out to the couple to try to help. By the time deputies arrived at the scene, a rescuer was performing CPR on Dalton on the beach.

Cottrell was rushed to local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On July 27, the couple was married—just two days after Dalton’s 22nd birthday.

Dalton Cottrell was pastor student at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, where Cheyenne is student as well, the school said in a statement.

GoFundMe page has been set up to cover Cottrell’s funeral costs. 

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