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Friday, March 07, 2014

Happened from a beach in Estoril

This Portugal news happened  yesterday:

Woman dies after freak wave washes her into Cascais sea

A 60-year-old woman who was swept into the sea by a freak wave from a beach in Estoril on Monday afternoon has died

The incident happened at around 3.40pm Sunday afternoon but by the time local rescue servicesarrived at the spot the woman had already been pulled alive from the rough sea by two locals after being knocked over by a wave and dragged into the water.
She was taken to Cascais hospital in a serious condition with signs of what was described as pre-drowning. But she did not survive the ordeal and died during the early hours of the next morning. 
This is the seventh death so far this winter relating to people drowning after being washed away by freak waves. 
However, the case where six university students drowned off Meco Beach near Sesimbra has attracted the attention of PJ police detectives. 
The students’ deaths were initially believed to have been a tragic accident caused after they were swept to sea by a freak wave, but the PJ’s summoning suggests suspicions that a crime may have occurred, with some sections of the media indicating the tragedy was the result of initiation rituals performed by students from the private Lusofona University.

Another case hard to contemplate. I was once in Estoril some 6 years ago. I strolled that beach a few times.  It was so calm and peaceful.  I remember thinking what if a freaque wave comes around, but it did not seem to be plausible.  It may not be the same stretch of beach I walked.  It is still hard to think that was what happened.  May God bless the victim and het family may she be RIP.
 

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