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Bridegroom feared dead after sliding down a 100ft dam while taking selfies in Russia


Bridegroom feared dead after sliding down a 100ft dam while taking selfies with friends out celebrating his wedding in Russia

  • Abram Bedarev had been at the River Ob reservoir in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Bridegroom was swept into the water before his friends tried to rescue him
  • Couple’s friend Kristina Knyazeva, 23, a mother of one, drowned in the tragedy 
  • Other friends managed to scramble to safety but Abram has not been seen since

A bridegroom is missing, presumed dead, after sliding down a 100ft-high dam while taking selfies during a night out with friends to celebrate his wedding.

Abram Bedarev had crawled over a concrete barrier to take selfies with the crashing waves at the River Ob reservoir – which supplies water to Russia’s third city, Novosibirsk – three days after the ceremony. 

Abram, who had left 22-year-old wife Natalia Bedareva in a car nearby, was swept into the water as the rest of the group tried to rescue him.

The couple’s friend Kristina Knyazeva, 23, a mother of one, drowned in the tragedy. 

Abram has not been seen since. 

Abram Bedarev (pictured with wife Natalia Bedareva) is missing, presumed dead, after sliding down a 100ft-high dam while taking selfies during a night out with friends to celebrate his wedding

Abram Bedarev (pictured with wife Natalia Bedareva) is missing, presumed dead, after sliding down a 100ft-high dam while taking selfies during a night out with friends to celebrate his wedding

Abram had crawled over a concrete barrier (pictured) to take selfies with the crashing waves at the River Ob reservoir - which supplies water to Russia's third city, Novosibirsk

Abram had crawled over a concrete barrier (pictured) to take selfies with the crashing waves at the River Ob reservoir – which supplies water to Russia’s third city, Novosibirsk

The group had crawled over a concrete barrier to take selfies against the backdrop of waves at the reservoir to celebrate the wedding.

But the sloping hydro-electric dam wall was covered in silt and was slippery on a night of high winds, according to reports.  

Bridegroom Abram, a brewery security guard, a father-of-one from his previous marriage, slipped into the water. 

Abram disappeared just three days after marrying 22-year-old Natalia (pictured)

Abram (pictured) disappeared just three days after marrying 22-year-old Natalia

Abram (right) disappeared just three days after marrying 22-year-old Natalia (left) who was sat in a car nearby as the tragedy unfolded

The couple's friend Kristina Knyazeva, 23, a mother of one, (pictured with her son) drowned in the tragedy

The couple’s friend Kristina Knyazeva, 23, a mother of one, (pictured with her son) drowned in the tragedy

Other friends tied their clothes together in order to create makeshift ‘ropes’ to rescue him but slid into the water too.

Elena Petrova, 25, and her boyfriend Nikolay managed to clamber back onto the sloping dam. 

Rescuers pulled out Kristina and she was hospitalised but died on Wednesday – two days after the incident.

Elena Pavlova told Vesti Novosibirsk: ‘Abram slipped. 

‘The waves were high and everything was wet and he rolled into the water immediately.

‘The ropes were not enough to pull him out. Kristina also fell into the water.

‘I fell too, but luckily it was not very deep there, I was still able to touch the bottom. I do not remember how I managed to get out.’ 

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