Connecticut couple drowns on honeymoon

A Danbury, Connecticut couple is being mourned after drowning during their honeymoon in Costa Rica, when powerful currents swept them off shore. It was reportedly the second marriage for both Ruth Rowe and Bruce Loev, who reconnected after growing up together in New York.

The 51-year-old Loev and 46-year-old Rowe got married July 4, 2013 and drowned July 10 after swimming off Quepos. Their bodies were reportedly found about 2½ miles from where they first got into the water. Rowe had two children, and taught fifth grade in Pawling, N.Y. Loev was an aviation civil engineer who also had two children.

Costa Rican beaches are some of the most dangerous in the world. For example, at least 52 people have drowned in Costa Rican beaches in 2011. Many of the victims were tourists unfamiliar with Costa Rica’s fierce currents. In another tragedy, three Ohio students drowned on a trip to Costa Rica when they were caught in a strong rip current. These three teens, along with five other students and four chaperones, were from Patriot Preparatory Academy in Columbus, Ohio, on a missionary trip. In 2006, three students from Kansas and their teacher drowned in Costa Rica while on an educational trip.

Swimming in open water can be quite dangerous, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the ocean. Even experienced swimmers can be overcome by these strong rip currents. Some tips to keep in mind before swimming can be found at the American Lifeguard Association Website at

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