Here's the detail story as reported:
A top rugby coach drowned after suffering from whiplash when he was hit by a freak wave on a family holiday.
Rob Walton, 36, was overwhelmed by the giant wave as he swam off Labenne beach, near Biarritz, on the French west coast.
The dad-of-four, known to his friends as Yoghurt, was a talented rugby player-turned-coach, who had played alongside future World Cup winners during a spell in New Zealand.
A French police source said: “He was hit in the spine by a big wave and suffered whiplash injuries.”The spot where Mr Walton drowned is one of the most popular surfing spots in the area, thanks to the waves that roll in from the Atlantic.
It is believed he was caught in a giant surge of sea water and was spun around before his body was released by the waves.
Very tragic, "hit in the spine by a big wave" and the wave is clearly unexpected is something that should not ever happen but happens more often than recognized. We feel extremely sorry for him, his friends, and family. May God grant him RIP.
Now can this kind of cases be avoided? Let's hope so!