Hamilton Island honeymoon golf buggy crash: Robbie Morgan breaks silence after wife Marina’s death
A beloved bride spent her last week alive at luxury resorts, eating seafood, baking in the sun and taking helicopter rides with her new husband, who is now mourning her death after an island buggy accident.
Marina Morgan, 29, married the love of her life Robbie, 30, on June 11 in a major church ceremony in Sydney before the couple headed north to Hamilton Island in Queensland for a sun-filled getaway to celebrate their union.
But just ten days after they exchanged their vows, the life they planned to spend together was abruptly cut short when their golf cart, driven by the groom, flipped over and killed Mrs. Morgan instantly.
The devastated widower now plans to start a charity in honor of his bride.
Cool new images, obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Australia, show the action-packed early days of the couple’s ill-fated journey to the Whitsundays.
Footage obtained by Daily Mail Australia offers a glimpse into the last days Marina Morgan, 29, spent with her husband Robbie (pictured together) during their honeymoon on Hamilton Island
A video posted to Instagram shows Mr Morgan driving the buggy to the couple’s lavish oceanfront resort while his wife films the scenery from the passenger seat.
“Good morning, okay,” the caption reads, before the camera pans over the beautiful tiered pools that line the rooms, overlooking the beach.
Another clip shows the couple walking the tarmac as they excitedly board their Qantas plane to Queensland and the interior of their luxury resort room once they arrive.
Meanwhile, other photos taken during their honeymoon show the husband and wife enjoying poolside cocktails, food banquets, sunbathing in waterfront lounge chairs and a helicopter ride around the island.
It is believed that the couple traveled to the holiday mecca on June 13, leaving them in paradise for just a week before disaster struck.
As the newlywed widower prepares to bury his wife, Mr. Morgan on Sunday made his silence to pay tribute to his wife and reveal the touching way he plans to continue her legacy.
The couple married in a grand church ceremony on June 11, attended by family and friends before a reception at Doltone House.
Photos from the ill-fated trip posted online show Ms Morgan lazing by the resort’s pool
The couple in love smiled as they posed for a selfie while enjoying a holiday in the north
The couple spent their time sunbathing by the pool and on the beach
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Mr Morgan, his wife, was an ‘angel’ and announced his plans to establish the ‘Marina Morgan Foundation’ in her honour.
“She was always our angel,” he said.
‘Now she is with God in the kingdom of heaven.
“We will all miss her forever.”
The nature of the foundation’s charitable mission remains unclear, but Morgan said he will reveal more after his wife’s funeral.
A few hours before speaking out, Mr. Morgan shared a heartbreaking tribute to his wife, describing his fear of losing the love of his life.
“My heart is broken and my world shattered by the tragic loss of the most beautiful girl in the world.. my angel.. my saint.. my wife Marina Hanna,” he wrote on Facebook.
‘My rock, my partner, my confidant, my angel, my saint, my everything! The world will never be the same…
“I will love you forever and ever!”
The couple shared photos with friends of their lavish resort room, which overlooked the ocean
The newlyweds enjoyed a helicopter ride together as one of their leisure activities on the holiday island
Ms Morgan was a passenger in an electric golf buggy driven by her new husband when the vehicle was without power on Whitsunday Boulevard last Monday.
The pair decided to make a U-turn to go back and charge the buggy – however, the vehicle overturned.
Mrs Morgan, who was not wearing a seat belt, fell out of the vehicle and onto the road.
Bystanders, including an off-duty firefighter, dentist and doctor, spent 35 minutes trying to save her life, but the young woman went into cardiac arrest.
A helicopter was originally called from nearby Townsville to take her to hospital, but was withdrawn when experts realized the severity of her injuries.
Alcohol was not a factor, police said. The investigation is underway.
Couple in love enjoyed drinks and squid, tacos and corn chips with guacamole and salsa poolside
The happy couple pose for a photo during their honeymoon in Queensland’s Whitsundays
In an online post, Mr Morgan said he was “heartbroken” and that “the world would never be the same” after his wife’s death
The couple had originally planned to wed on July 24, 2021, but lockdowns and venue capacity limits during the pandemic forced the couple to change the date to June 11, 2022 – as well as shift the date of their honeymoon to Hamilton Island.
Unbeknownst to them, the change of plans was a life or death decision.
On July 24 last year—the day they were to be married—a friend wrote a comment on Mr. Morgan’s Facebook page: “Thinking of you and Marina today. It should have been your very special day.’
The couple eventually married at St Mary & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox Church in Rhodes, Sydney’s northwest, 11 – 10 days before the tragedy.
Footage showed the bride and groom sharing their first dance in a room with cheering friends and family during the reception at Doltone House, in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
The couple were scheduled to marry in 2021, but their wedding was postponed when Sydney went into lockdown