The above picture shows a calm, peaceful beach scenery near Georgetown on the west coast of Malaysia. But as the saying goes "Seeing can be deceiving" for here is what had happened that's reported in the Malay Mail with a title of "Woman drowned, 2 men still missing after overcome by huge waves":
GEORGE TOWN, Jan 18 — A woman drowned while two men are still missing when they were overcome by giant waves while bathing at Pantai Kerachut, Teluk Bahang here today. Southwest district police chief Supt Mohd Hatta Mohd Zain said in the incident at 4.17 pm, the three were among 24 workers of a factory in Prai, who had gone to the beach for a bath after participating in a character-building camp at Taman Negara Teluk Bahang. “Five were overcome by the huge waves but two, both women, were saved by members of the public; they are receiving treatment at the Penang hospital,” he told reporters here today.What a tragedy when they simply "gone to the beach for a bath" and were overcame by a huge wave! Apparently the wave was unexpected and unpredicted. So a huge wave can come without notice even on a nice peaceful tourist beach! Just looking at a picture like the above, one can hardly imagining a "huge wave" coming. But it can happen! Count our blessings when it did not happen when we are out there walking on a nice beach. Never, ever, let your caution and guard down!