Model drowns 'trying to save puppies' in storm

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A recently married model reportedly died after diving into the ocean to rescue her two dogs who fell from her luxury boat during rough seas.

Newlyweds Caroline Bittencourt and Jorge Sestini were sailing off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday afternoon when their trip took a terrible turn for the worst.

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 01: Caroline Bittencourt attends the Brazil Premiere of the Paramount Pictures film "Ben-Hur" on August 1, 2016 at Cinepolis JK in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
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As a storm hit with wind speeds up to 100km/h, locals said the couple's boat took a sharp turn, throwing two small dogs overboard, The Sun reported.

Um mês de casados é bodas do que ?? 😂😂😂 aquelas que já quer comemorar de mês em mês ❤️❤️!!! Mas meu amor , Meu marido , vc é tão especial na minha vida que quero comemorar todos os meses , todos os dias , todos os minutos e todos os segundos !! É difícil expressar em palavras o bem que você me faz , toda felicidade que você me traz , a tranquilidade e paz no coração que sinto ao seu lado e todo este amor que transborda. Hoje faz um mês do dia mais feliz da minha vida , como é bom ter te encontrado e como foi bom dividir nosso amor com as pessoas que mais amamos !!! Aaaah que saudades deste dia ... se um dia eu encontrar o gênio da lâmpada e puder fazer 1 pedido , certamente seria voltar a este dia e fizer tudo novamente, não segurar o choro qdo meus olhos encontraram os seus , poder novamente falar os meus votos , e escutar os teus , e explodir de emoção , de alegria, de amor , acho que foi assim o nosso casamento 👰🏼❤️!! Vestido @casamarelanoivas @yolancris , joias @lachicadeoro , cabeça @graciellastarling , beauty @nathancruzz . Ele veste @ricardoalmeidaoficial ❤️!! Local @capeladosmilagres , cerimonialista @mamaomena, fotos @studio47_filipepaes

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Mr Sestini jumped in after his wife, 37, but the pair became separated in the swell, with Ms Bittencourt's body later found washed up on Cigarras Beach, 22 kilometres from where she disappeared.

Her husband was rescued after swimming for three hours by sailor Roberto Tenório. They conducted an unsuccessful search for Ms Bittencourt.

The mother-of-one posted to Instagram shortly before going missing, filming herself enjoying her day on the couple's catamaran.

Caroline Bittencourt died in rough swell after diving off a boat to save her dogs. Source: Getty Images

Caroline Bittencourt died in rough swell after diving off a boat to save her dogs. Source: Getty Images

Her family have dismissed claims the woman dived into the ocean to save her dogs, however her friend Can Saad, said: "She jumped into the sea to save two puppies of hers that had fallen into the water because of the wind."

Ms Bittencourt's former modeling agency OXYgen Models shared a heartfelt tribute, saying it appreciated "all the trust she placed in us in these years of work and partnership".

Her daughter, Isabelle, 17, wrote to Instagram thanking people for their kind messages: "We are grateful for the support and affectionate messages we have received from Carol's friends and fans", she said.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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