"3 days of wedded bliss turned into a nightmare very quickly for the Cottrell family as well as mine own," Cheyenne wrote in a tragic Facebook post.
"Yesterday afternoon while at the beach the Lord decided to call my husband Dalton to come home to Him. There is so much fear and uncertainty coursing through myself."
"Never did I think at 22 would I be a wife and then a widow so quickly," she added. "I love you so much Dalton Cottrell."
Cottrell was studying to become a pastor at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Iowa, where he met his wife.
Rip currents are unseen fast moving narrow channels of water, that are virtually impossible to swim against; being an inexperienced swimmer, Dalton was likely unaware the recommended procedure is to swim parallel to the shore until you can bypass it at an angle.