Groom Dies on Honeymoon: 'He Just Dropped in the Water'

Gill Campion left devastated in the Maldives after Andrew Roddy died while snorkeling
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2017 6:59 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2017 12:10 PM CDT
Groom Dies on Honeymoon: 'I Turned and Andrew Was Gone'
This May 2016 photo shows coral in the Maldives.   (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey via AP)

A mystery-turned-tragedy in the Maldives, with a newly married Irish man dead and his bride plunged into a "nightmare." People reports that Andrew Roddy, 30, had been snorkeling in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday while on his honeymoon with Gill Campion, two weeks after their wedding. The two were reportedly swimming near dolphins when Roddy suddenly vanished under the water. "I turned around and Andrew was gone,' [Campion] said, and she didn't know how it happened because they were near each other at the time," Roddy's mother says Campion told her, per the Irish Independent. She adds that Roddy, her only child, was a good swimmer.

The Dublin man and Campion, whom friends described as "inseparable" to the Irish Sun, had been together for five years after meeting at work at a financial services firm. Relatives tell the Sun Campion was able to get Roddy's body to shore once she found him and was helped by others on the beach, but Roddy couldn't be revived. A woman who identified herself as a friend of Roddy's mom says they'll have to wait for an autopsy to find out what happened. "He just dropped in the water," she says. "It doesn't necessarily mean he drowned." Meanwhile, family members have headed to the Maldives to be with Campion as she awaits permission from the Maldives government to transport her husband's body home; that process could take up to two weeks, per reports. (A man was accused of drowning his wife on their honeymoon.)

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