A HUSBAND recounted his grief after his wife died in his arms as he tried to save her from drowning during their dream vacation.
Izabella Masson, 26, was swimming in the sea with her partner Enzo Gabriel Bertolo, 27, at Balneario Maracana in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, when she struggled in the water.
The beloved couple, who had been married for a year, were enjoying a luxury stay at a popular Brazilian resort when tragedy struck on November 28.
Enzo had taken his wife on a trip as an early gift for her next birthday in December after saving money with her new job.
The pair, who lived in the Municipality of Americana, went swimming around 1 p.m. to cool off from the scorching sun.
He told the G1 news site: “The water was around my waist, it wasn’t deep. By the time I turned around, it was right behind me.”
The 27-year-old poignantly revealed that moments before Izabella was overpowered by the water, she said her last words which remain etched in her mind.
Enzo continued, “We kissed and leaving she said, ‘I love you and I will be yours forever.’
“My heart skipped a beat. That was the moment she said goodbye to me.”
He said that Izabella had dived underwater and then reappeared, when she started to panic saying she was in trouble and couldn’t get back to him.
“At that moment she looked desperate and said ‘I can’t [go back]’.
“I rushed over to her, put her on her back and asked her to hold me tight.
“I was going to swim us back, but at that point I think a current swept us around and I couldn’t see the beach anymore.”
The grieved husband said he cried out for help, drawing the attention of two nearby swimmers who then attempted to help them.
But they couldn’t reach the struggling couple and instead swam to the shores to alert emergency services.
A terrified Enzo recalled how he too nearly drowned fighting against the waves to save his wife, as he began to slide under the water.
“I saw her eyes were glassy and her mouth foaming,” he said.
We kissed and leaving she said, “I love you and I will be yours forever.” It was the moment when she said goodbye to me.
Enzo Gabriel Bertolo
“God must have given me the strength to pull her body out or I could have died with her.”
The 27-year-old miraculously returned to dry land while desperately clutching Izabella’s body, but said it was already too late to save her.
He said: “I was devastated because I felt like she was dead in my arms. She already looked dead when we got to the beach.”
Firefighters on the scene fought to save Izabella, but she was pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts on the sand.
Her inconsolable husband said of her death: “She was the most helpful person in life, an amazing woman.
“I understand that God chose her because she was a very good person, helping everyone. I think it’s time for her to rest.”
“At his funeral on Tuesday, I think the whole city came,” he added. “She was so loved.”
Enzo also received medical treatment after his ordeal and was subsequently released.
According to reports, 113 people were rescued from drowning in São Paulo between November 27 and 28, while maritime firefighters responded to 149 calls.