A Brazilian model identified as Caroline Bittencourt has drowned after she jumped into a stormy sea, during a boat cruise, to save her puppies.
The beautiful model’s body was found near Cigarras Beach, in the northern region of Sao Paulo, yesterday afternoon.
Caroline Bittencourt’s husband Jorge Sestini reported her missing on Sunday after she fell from their boat.
But in a desperate bid to find her himself, Jorge swam through waters close to the island of Ilhabela for at least three hours, before he was rescued by officials.
The pair had been cruising on a catamaran near an island in Sao Paulo on Sunday, The Sun UK reports.
Before the wind picked up, reaching over 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph), she posted on her Instagram story, smiling and enjoying time on their boat.
But after the storm came in, local reports claim their boat turned, throwing their puppies off board.
Caroline went head first into the sea trying to save their puppies
Her close friend, Can Saad, said:
“She jumped into the sea to save two puppies of hers that had fallen into the water because of the wind.
“It was just her, her husband and the puppies on the boat.
“Jorge jumped into the water to try to save her but they became separated from each other because of the storm.
“He had to swim three hours towards the coast to survive.”
Bittencourt, who also worked as a TV presenter, made headlines after she was asked to leave Brazilian ex-footballer Ronaldo’s wedding to Daniella Cicarelli back in February 2005, Newbeezer reports.