Jill Chenet, A Pregnant DC Teacher, Drowns In North Carolina

5:38 PM, Jul 28, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The funeral is set for Monday for a pregnant teacher from D.C. who drowned in North Carolina.

31-year-old Jill Chenet had been vacationing earlier this week at the Outerbanks when she and her husband were swept under by a rip current.

Her husband barely survived. The woman and her baby could not be saved.

Mark Johnson is the couple's brother-in-law. He says they were taking a last vacation before the baby arrived.

Her husband, an accomplished TV producer, and videographer was documenting and filming their vacation so that he could one day share it with his daughter who they were naming Olive.

But instead, Matt Chenet had captured the last moments of his wife's life.

Mark Johnson not only talks about two lives lost but a love story cut short.

"Our hearts are broken. Matt and Jill's love is a love of a lifetime."

Jill Chenet was 6 months pregnant. They were near Cape Hateras when she slipped off the sandbar. The strong waves pulled her under.

Her husband tried to keep her afloat for nearly half an hour when both went under.

First responders found the couple face down 20 yards from the shore.

They were flown to the hospital where Doctors found the baby had no heartbeat.

"You could tell she was going to be the greatest mother of all. To us she was this angel."

Chenet taught second grade at River School in Northwest Washington. By all accounts --an exceptional teacher for the hearing impaired.

"I brought my son in to see Matt and see Jill. I just wanted in our own way tell Jill that we loved her."

The priest who married the couple was at the hospital.
Most of her family is in Roanoke, Virginia where she will be laid to rest on Monday.

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