A Thanksgiving outing on a dive boat in Pompano Beach, Florida, turned deadly when a rogue wave overturned the vessel, hurling all 23 people on board into the water and killing one of the passengers.
The victim, identified as 54-year-old Nina Poppelsdorf,, a diving expert from New Mexico, was pulled from the water and rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said the vessel, carrying 21 divers and two crew members, was heading back to the dock after a half-day diving trip when a massive wave suddenly came and capsized it on Thursday afternoon just outside Hillsboro Inlet.Now may be the relevant news is this:
'The wave caught it from behind and it flipped as [the captain] was coming in the harbor,' an unidentified passenger told ABC News.
'He was trying to time it. He didn't time it right and then it just flipped.'And another eyewitness:
Eyewitness Skip Morris, 58, said the wave's impact sent the passengers flying into the water, adding that he believed the tragedy could have been avoided if only the captain had waited for the breaking waves to settle before trying to approach the dock.Whatever with one life lost it is a tragedy caused by a large unexpected, but noticed freaque wave when the boat entering the harbor. We wish to extend our condolence to Mrs. Poppelsdorf's family and may her rest in peace.