PAWLING, N.Y. (AP) A newly married New York couple has died while vacationing in Costa Rica.

In a letter posted Friday on the website of the Pawling Central School District, Superintendent William Ward says middle school teacher Ruth Rowe and her husband, Bruce Loev, died Wednesday. He said they were swimming in the waters off the coast of Quepos, Costa Rica, when they drowned. They were married over the July Fourth weekend.

Rowe's father, Robert Hubertus, declined to comment Friday night.

In his letter, Ward said Rowe started as a sixth grade teacher in 1988 but switched to teaching fifth graders in 1996. Most recently she taught math and science. She leaves behind a son and a daughter.

Pawling is about 72 miles north of New York City, near the Connecticut border.