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Giant Wave Kills Tourist As She Walked On Beach In Mexico

Giant Wave Kills Tourist As She Walked On Beach In Mexico

A giant wave killed a tourist as she was strolling on a beach in the Pacific resort of Cabo San Lucas, sweeping her and her male companion out to sea.

The 65-year-old woman killed by the wave was walking with a 70-year-old man on a beach to return to their hotel when the giant wave overtook them. The pair was swept out to sea and later rescued by Navy personnel, but the woman was declared brain dead.

Her companion was listed in serious condition on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities did not name the tourist killed by the giant wave, but said that she had a driver’s license from Wisconsin. The man who was with her had a license from Nebraska. It is not clear whether next of kin had been notified.

Though it wasn’t clear exactly where the giant wave killed the tourist, several beaches on Cabo San Lucas are known for abnormally large waves. The book 100 Best Surf Spots in the World notes that Cabo is known for beaches that have some gentle, easy to ride waves and other locations where the waves are giant and dangerous.

The book notes:

“At the other end of the scale is the big surf of Cabo San Lucas at Todos Santos, where the wave can turn into huge gun barrels, glistening steel in the noonday sun and striking awe into the township that overlooks the bay. When a mighty swell hits, the big-wave riders get out their guns and face the pounding shorebreak eye to eye. It’s a shoot-out with some of the most powerful waves in the world.”

The giant wave the killed the tourist in Mexico is not the only case recently of a person being killed by powerful surf. Back in December, a pair of fishermen were pulled into San Francisco Bay by a powerful wave, and later found dead.

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30 Responses to “Giant Wave Kills Tourist As She Walked On Beach In Mexico”

  1. Maureen MacLeod Webster

    How sad but the reality is, Mexico is a dangerous country to travel to period! A shocking 32% of all non-natural deaths of U.S. citizen’s outside this country occur in Mexico. Many of these deaths happen inside of the resorts and are a direct result of poor or nonexistent safety standards. To read tragic Mexico vacation death stories, as well as stories written by victims that “survived” their Mexico vacation, go to:
    http://www.mexicovacationawareness.com

  2. Elaine Rodriguez Hirsch

    Maureen, what does ''two people walking on the beach and being hit by a huge wave ' ' have to do with Mexico. I see it as a huge wave hit them, pulled them out to sea and one drowned. It happened up north a few months ago where couple drowned trying to save their dog. Is that an American thing or just that mother nature is pretty darn strong. I didn't read you link but I'm sure the same could be said for traveling in most countries. I have a feeling you have something against Mexico.

    What bothers me is this article doesn't know if next of kin has been notified yet it gives the two states their from. How cruel to the families who know their loved ones are in Cabo and it pretty much narrows it down if their from two different states. Very very insensitive. To the author of this article, what if it were your loved ones you hadn't heard from in a couple of days?

  3. Sharon Wilkins

    I have to agree with Elaine on this one Maureen. This was a horrible accident that happened due to mother nature not anything to do with Mexico's safety standards. I also know the accident Maureen is referring to about the family who was swept out to sea trying to save their dog off the coast of California. Actually it was two incidents on that same beach in CA with the same outcome in a matter of a couple of months. Something like this could happen anywhere.

  4. Sharon Wilkins

    I have to agree with Elaine on this one Maureen. This was a horrible accident that happened due to mother nature not anything to do with Mexico's safety standards. I also know the accident Maureen is referring to about the family who was swept out to sea trying to save their dog off the coast of California. Actually it was two incidents on that same beach in CA with the same outcome in a matter of a couple of months. Something like this could happen anywhere.

  5. Buce McLaughlin

    Somebody on another site had stated that it was only a 6ft. wave. That is a large wave, but not considered as "Giant"?
    Another note…is that these two people were Senior citizens. For them a two ft. wave is considered as large.
    What a way to get peoples attention, by exaggerating a headline.
    GIANT WAVE…pfffft, yeah right!

  6. MaryLou Mauch

    A shocking 32%?? I would say that a greater percentage of U.S. citizens travel and stay in Mexico because it is closer, provides cheaper accomodations, and offers beautiful beaches and interesting archeaological and historical attractions. This isn't a conspiracy.

  7. Kim North

    Maybe due to the fact that they did not post signs or block the beach off. I live in a beach tourist area and this is what they do due to the fact "safety first" don't want a bad name or to risk lives.

  8. Francisco Emanuel Munoz

    Maureen you're either an idiot or down right crazy. What's with all this conspiracy theory crap. Being someone that's traveled a lot I can say that any location is dangerous if you wander off and don't know where you're going, but as long as you're savvy and stay in tourist-y areas you should be safe most of the time. I've been to Mexico and I can say I felt that my safety was at risk more in Miami (Florida), Bahamas, and Valparaiso (Chile). I feel as if you're just biased towards Mexico. Why don't you take a trip to Syria, North Korea, or even Columbia and then tell me how dangerous Mexico is.

  9. Todd N Cliff

    Right, it's people who misuse ocean waves that kill tourists. I see your point

  10. Jimmy FiveFingers

    Mexico blows… there are too many other destinations to spend your time and money on.

  11. John Nicoletti

    Is it not the resonsibility of the journalist, to tell the reader, how, where, when, and why.? You are implying, that the writer should tell us that two people were swept away wdue to a ginat wave, and not tell the location.?

  12. Wildbillfromnyc P

    Seems as if they were not so well off they would be back home in Wisconsin, and Nebraska….it always seems to appear.
    if you are well off you have these freak accidents to worry about….does GOD do this balancing act or what?

  13. Wildbillfromnyc P

    Seems as if they were not so well off they would be back home in Wisconsin, and Nebraska….it always seems to appear.
    if you are well off you have these freak accidents to worry about….does GOD do this balancing act or what?

  14. Anonymous

    Maureen, i go to Cabo and San Jose del Cabo quite a lot and there are signs all over to watch the ocean conditions. And everyone going to Cabo is usually made aware that the beaches there are not ideal for swimming. There is only a couple beaches that are at times safe to enter unless you are a very experienced swimmer or surfer.
    All i can say to that tragic accident is what Hawaiians have practiced over centuries…"NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE OCEAN AND ALWAYS WATCH THE SURF"

  15. Rob Suzi Hayward

    I hear all the time about the violence in Mexico and I believe it is true…however, as a US citizen…what about some of our cities and states…I won't go into detail, as not to offend. But I would much rather visit Mexico than some of those cities here!

    I am from Southern California and LOVE traveling to Mexico. It's beautiful, historic, and a very friendly with awesome hospitality. As with anywhere in the world you travel, you should be alert…but seriously Maureen, what does a huge wave have to do with ANYTHING?

  16. Lesa Sheridan Buckley

    In Hawaii they tell you to never turn your back to a wave because, the waves roll in an escalate very quickly and into extremely high waves that can and often pull you in….I know it did happen to me,(in my case knocked me down) still scared the bee- jeesus out of me! I'm from an area with Great Lakes surrounding it, our waves her just roll in and disappear into the sandy beach. In other words what you see rolling in is what you get, NOT so with the ocean!

  17. Lucy Trask Dyckman

    There are signs!!! Some of the hotels have guards who tell you not to swim nor go too close to the waters edge!!