Pennsylvania yoga instructor, mom of three dies at Dominican Republic beach

A yoga instructor from Pennsylvania was found dead in the water at a Dominican Republic beach.

Citing local newspapers in the Dominican Republic, the Morning Call reports that Surely Miller, 40, was found dead in the water Wednesday after going missing at a beach in Cabarete the day before. Miller was reportedly swept away in a riptide and found the next day by a fisherman.

Miller’s partner Karan Bindra told the Morning Call that the pair had been swimming together on Tuesday when tragedy struck.

“We were playing around having fun,” Bindra told the newspaper. “Before we knew it we were both sucked into a current and were being swept away from the beach into a large coastline of sharp rocks.”

Bindra said he cried out for help as Miller was pulled into a riptide, but could not stop Miller from being swept away.

The couple and Miller’s three children had relocated to the Dominican Republic six months ago from Slatington, where Miller owned and operated a yoga studio. Binder told the newspaper that he met Miller after joining her practice there.

“We grew close and we knew we loved each other very much,” he said.

“She’s in my heart … She is no longer just a person. She is love. She is everything she manifested in this world.”

Miller’s death comes amid a spate of mysterious deaths among American tourists in the Dominican Republic in recent months, but the deaths that are reportedly being investigated by Dominican authorities and the FBI were among tourists who were found dead or unresponsive in their hotel rooms at a few different resort properties. There is no indication at this time that the circumstances of Miller’s apparent accidental death are in question.