A newlywed couple from New York has tragically died in a drowning just days after getting married.

Mohammad Malik, 35, and Dr Noor Shah, 29, were honeymooning in the Caribbean at the end of October when they were pulled underwater by strong riptides, Mohammad’s father Col. R. Maqbool Malik told Newsday.

Mohammad and Noor are believed to have been swimming in chest-deep water near their accommodation when the incident occurred.

The pair wed at a ceremony just four days earlier on October 24.

The couple was pulled from the water by witnesses and CPR was performed but they both died at the scene,

“It’s a devastating loss,” Malik said.

Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah.
Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah. Credit: Newsday/ Maqbool Malik

“This is a shock beyond belief.

“And it’s a tragedy of different dimensions when you have to lay two children to rest in a joint funeral.”

Malik said Mohammad - a lawyer - and Noor - a doctor - were dating for about two years before they got married.

“They were truly in love with each other,” Malik said.

“The kind of chemistry that we saw in those two human beings was amazingly fascinating. They loved each other.”

In a statement, Mohammad’s law firm Olshan Frome said the couple were “shining lights who touched everyone who had the benefit of knowing them”.

The couple tragically died on their honeymoon.
The couple tragically died on their honeymoon. Credit: TheKnot

“Mohammad was a humble, bright and talented attorney and a truly kind and gentle soul,” the firm added.

“Mohammad always strove to live life to the fullest and to appreciate the richness of human experience.”

The hospital where Noor worked, NYU Langone Health, said she was an “excellent resident and a promising surgeon and she will be deeply missed”.

Malik criticised the resort the couple was staying at for failing to have appropriate warning signs informing swimmers about the potential dangers of the tides.

He added he found out about the deaths after being contacted by the American Embassy in the Bahamas.


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