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Canada Twin brother of woman who died hours before her daughter's Tofino wedding says she was in her 'glory'

20:56  24 may  2018
20:56  24 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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She was in the height of her joy," he said . The family had gathered in Tofino for her 23-year-old daughter ' s wedding . "Ann was not a risk-taker. "Rachel says that her mother pulled her onto the board and the wave took Ann, which would be exactly what she 'd do. She was selfless when it came

The twin brother of a 52-year-old woman who died over the long weekend hours before her daughter ' s wedding in Tofino , B.C., says his sister was a "simple Ottawa-valley farm girl" who made life wonderful. Pat Doyle says his athletic sister, Ann Wittenberg, was a mother of three. Doyle.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Ann Wittenberg (centre) with her daughters Rachel, 21, (left) and Victoria Emon, 23, (right). The 52-year-old mother of three died Sunday in Tofino after a surfing accident, according to her brother. Her son Josh is missing from the picture.© Pat Doyle/Facebook Ann Wittenberg (centre) with her daughters Rachel, 21, (left) and Victoria Emon, 23, (right). The 52-year-old mother of three died Sunday in Tofino after a surfing accident, according to her brother. Her son Josh is missing from the picture.

The twin brother of a 52-year-old woman who died over the long weekend hours before her daughter's wedding in Tofino, B.C., says his sister was a "simple Ottawa-valley farm girl" who made life wonderful.

Pat Doyle says his athletic sister, Ann Wittenberg, was a mother of three.

She was surfing for the first time near Long Beach when something happened.

He says her three grief-stricken children described how she was trying to help her youngest, 21-year-old Rachel, when a wave dragged her under.

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He says her three grief-stricken children described how she was trying to help her youngest, 21-year-old Rachel Emon, when a wave dragged her under. Ann Wittenberg' s husband Chris Wittenberg described her as a fantastic mother, wife and grandmother with an 'adventurous, passionate' nature.

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"Rachel says that her mother pulled her onto the board and the wave took Ann, which would be exactly what she'd do. She was selfless when it came to her own children and her own family. So it would only make sense that she would save her own daughter," Doyle said in an interview from Ontario Thursday morning.

Doyle said his sister had been married just weeks before she went to Tofino and had worked to become fit — weightlifting, cross-fit training and dragon boating.

She hadn't tried surfing.

"She was just living her life. She was in the height of her glory. She was in the height of her joy,"  he said.

The family had gathered in Tofino for her 23-year-old daughter's wedding.

"Ann was not a risk-taker. She did not know the dangers that lurked in that water," Doyle said.

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A mother of three who died just hours before her daughter ' s wedding in Tofino , B.C., would have wanted the celebration to go ahead, says her twin brother . Bystanders managed to get her out of the water and administer first aid, but the woman did not survive, police said in a news release.

A mother of three who died just hours before her daughter ' s wedding in Tofino , B.C., would have Bystanders managed to get her out of the water and administer first aid, but the woman did not No one in her family knew about the wedding ahead of time and only learned of the marriage when she

Wittenberg and her daughter were paddling on a board when something happened, he said.

It is unclear exactly what happened, but at 10:30 a.m. PT other surfers and bystanders reported seeing a woman in distress.

RCMP said Wittenberg was pulled from the ocean near Long Beach on Sunday morning but could not be revived.

On social media, her daughter Victoria Emon wrote, "My heart is so sore. I love you mom. You were a beautiful inspiration. I miss you."

Doyle says his sister was the eldest of five children who grew up in Calabogie, a small community near Ottawa, Ontario.

"She beat me by 17 minutes. She went out first. She made sure things were OK."

Doyle applauded his niece for carrying on with her wedding, despite the tragedy.

He said it's exactly what his sister would have wanted.

"She was just a simple Ottawa-valley farm girl who made life wonderful," he said.

"We come from an Irish background. It's in our DNA to celebrate life ... to carry on."

a large body of water: Long Beach is a popular destination for surfers and other visitors to Tofino.© Ethan Sawyer/CBC Long Beach is a popular destination for surfers and other visitors to Tofino.

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