Newlywed dies in freak waterskiing accident

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A couple’s Caribbean honeymoon ended in tragedy when the man died in a freak water-skiing accident just three days after they tied the knot.

Nate and Mariana Kuhlman, from Steubenville, US, got married on October 28 and traveled to St Lucia, where he died three days later, according to a GoFundMe page.

“Nate was a wonderful husband, friend, son and brother in Christ,” the page said.

No further details have been given about the accident New York Post reports.

The newlywed groom was an alumnus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, WFLA reported.

“He was able to carefully meet each person he met and those who had the blessing of a relationship with him could tell a list of stories describing what a fun, kind and adventurous soul he was. Nate tragically lost his life three days after his wedding,” the GoFundMe page said.

Words cannot describe the sadness for his story and his family. We kindly ask for assistance with the family’s funeral expenses and travel expenses,” it added.

A second GoFundMe page states: “Donations will help cover the costs of last-minute plane tickets to St. Lucia and back home, immediate issuance of passports, transportation, accommodations, meals, funeral arrangements, Mariana’s needs and all the other thing that occurs.

“Please also pray for the families, for their strength, and for God’s presence to fill their hearts,” the fundraiser said.

The two accounts together raised more than $100,000 as of Tuesday morning.

Nate’s mother, Heather Kuhlman, wrote on Facebook last week that she flew to St. Lucia after her son was “in the arms of Jesus.”

“Nate’s death took us all by surprise and took our breath away,” she wrote. “By God’s grace we are well. It is so difficult and painful, but we walk every day, moment by moment.”

Heather wrote that her faith in Christianity helped her and her family get through the fear.

“I am sad that Nathaniel is no longer here with us, but I know he is alive and well in heaven and will be praying for us,” she wrote.

“Please keep us in your prayers as we bring Nate home,” she added in her latest post.

This story first appeared in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.

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