A newlywed Manhattan couple drowned on their Caribbean honeymoon after struggling against a strong riptide.
Corporate attorney, Muhammad Malik, 26, and his bride, Dr. Noor Shah, 29, a surgical resident at NYU Langone Health, drowned on October 28 at a Turks and Caicos Islands resort – just four days after their wedding in Long Island.
The pair had been swimming in chest-deep waters near Como Parrot Cay when they were suddenly pulled underwater by a strong riptide.
Witnesses were able to pull the couple from the water, and performed CPR but both died at the scene, according to the groom’s father, Col. R. Maqbool Malik, 70, a well known figure in Long Island’s Pakistani American community.
Muhammad Malik, 26, was a corporate attorney at a Manhattan law firm. His newlywed bride, right, Dr. Noor Shah, 29, was a surgical resident at NYU Langone Health
Attorney Muhammad Malik, 26, and his 29-year-old wife, Dr. Noor Shah, a surgeon in the city, died four days after being married in Long Island
The pair had been swimming in chest-deep waters near Como Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos Islands when they were suddenly pulled underwater by a strong riptide
‘It’s a devastating loss,’ he told Newsday. ‘This is a shock beyond belief. And it’s a tragedy of different dimensions when you have to lay two children to rest in a joint funeral.
‘They were truly in love with each other,’ Malik said. ‘The kind of chemistry that we saw in those two human beings was amazingly fascinating. They loved each other.’
The drowning was accidental but Malik is critical of the resort for failing to put up warning signs that would have told swimmers about the potentially dangerous swimming conditions.
Malik said he was told of the death by the American Embassy in the Bahamas.
His two other sons, Salman Malik, 41, and Ahmad Malik, 22, went to the Turks and Caicos to identify the bodies.
The couple’s funeral is expected to be held on Sunday in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The pair were swimming in the sea at a Turks and Caicos Islands resort, Como Parrot Cay, pictured, when they were suddenly pulled under by strong rip tides
The U.S. State Department has said it has ‘worked to provide all appropriate consular assistance to the families. Out of respect to the families during this difficult time, we have no further comment.’
‘This is a shock beyond belief. It’s a tragedy of different dimensions when you have to lay two children to rest in a joint funeral,’ the groom’s father, Col. R. Maqbool Malik, 70, a well known figure in Long Island’s Pakistani American community said
Malik’s Manhattan law firm, Olshan Frome Wolosky paid tribute to the pair.
‘It is with a great degree of sadness that we inform you of the tragic accidental death of Mohammad Malik and his wife Dr. Noor Shah Malik. They were both shining lights who touched everyone who had the benefit of knowing them. Mohammad was a humble, bright and talented attorney and a truly kind and gentle soul.
‘Mohammad always strove to live life to the fullest and to appreciate the richness of human experience. We deeply mourn this incomprehensible loss of exceptional members of our Olshan family. They will be deeply missed.’
His wife, Shah, who grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was a fourth-year resident in the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health.
‘She was an excellent resident and a promising surgeon and she will be deeply missed,’ the hospital said in a statement.