Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rogue Wave Drowns 3, 2 Survive At Point Mugu
cbs2 ^ | Nov 27, 2008 7:18 pm US/Pacific

Posted on 11/27/2008 8:10:13 PM PST by BenLurkin

Three men have drowned after being swept to sea by a rogue wave while watching the surf from a rocky outcrop along California's Central Coast.

Authorities say two other men were pulled from the water Thursday afternoon and survived.

The bodies of the drowned men were also recovered.

Capt. Bruce Norris of the Ventura County sheriff's department says the victims are a 17-year-old boy, a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old man.

He says a 17-year-old boy and 27-year-old man survived.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men were related.

The wave struck just before 2 p.m. at Mugu Rock, a rocky outcropping that's locally famous and has appeared in the background of many TV shows, movies and car commercials.


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: blackswan; california; oceans; rougewaves; sneakerwaves

1 posted on 11/27/2008 8:10:14 PM PST by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]


2 posted on 11/27/2008 8:10:46 PM PST by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

We used to call those sneaker waves.


3 posted on 11/27/2008 8:13:29 PM PST by thesetruths
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: thesetruths

I saw this nearly happen to tourists at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.


4 posted on 11/27/2008 8:37:45 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

They never saw it coming.

5 posted on 11/27/2008 8:40:05 PM PST by Freedumb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Thanks for posting.
A Freeper posted within the last year or so that here son had been
taken by a rogue wave (in Alaska?).

When I was living in Los Angeles for a decade, I think there were
a couple of people swept away by rogue waves.

Hearing about it was a wake-up call for this Flyover-Country guy.


6 posted on 11/27/2008 8:46:15 PM PST by VOA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Rogue waves are real, and they are very dangerous. Some non-linear physics models have suggested that ocean-going rogue waves can reach has high as 200ft by “stealing” the energy of other normal waves surrounding them. Such waves appear as a vertical wall of water, and no ship is constructed to survive them. These waves can occur anywhere at anytime, and considering this I won’t be going on any cruise ships ever...


7 posted on 11/27/2008 8:50:10 PM PST by chris37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chris37

“I won’t be going on any cruise ships ever...”

Don’t say things like that. You don’t know what fun you are missing.


8 posted on 11/27/2008 9:14:17 PM PST by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin
A tourist was lost to a sneaker wave on the North Oregon coast just about two weeks ago. They haven't found his body yet.

A couple of years ago four of us were on a winter horse ride along the stormy coast. I was doing nothing but watching the waves while everyone else was engaged in conversation. I noticed a really large & long wave coming at the shore. We charged high up the dunes just in time to see it come ashore. I went to sea for 30 years and had not seen one that impressed me like this one. We could see it crash ashore along the beach for three miles. The beach was solid full of huge logs which made it look like the earth was rising. It was surreal.

9 posted on 11/27/2008 9:24:50 PM PST by Cold Heart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cold Heart

Wow and double wow. Scares me to death just thinking about it!!!


10 posted on 11/27/2008 9:33:35 PM PST by cubreporter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

LA Times story says the wave was only 3 feet tall so I don’t know if it was a true rogue wave.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-drown28-2008nov28,0,3234182.story


11 posted on 11/27/2008 9:41:48 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cold Heart

I went to college in CA. And the rule was, never take your eye completely off the ocean when walking on the beach.


12 posted on 11/27/2008 10:59:50 PM PST by staytrue (YES WE CAN, (everyone should get in the practice of saying it, it will soon be manditory))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: DigitalVideoDude

I do know what fun I am missing! Check out these videos from BBC. Although both of the waves shown here are re-creations, they were from actual events.

monster wave hitting ship- recreation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0fQ1eWv36o

draupner monster wave- recreation of actual recorded event;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_JOBOvJEOg

Here is real footage of an actual rogue wave striking and flipping a ship filming for The Deadliest Catch series. Notice how the rogue wave takes a different direction than all the other waves, striking the boat from the side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_8hOai9hGQ


13 posted on 11/27/2008 11:06:21 PM PST by chris37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

It was my son that was washed out to sea at Snapper Point in NSW...you can go to jeremyearnshaw.com and the articles are posted on in the site. They never found our son. I feel for these families. (Jeremy was 23)


14 posted on 11/27/2008 11:18:51 PM PST by LADYAK
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cold Heart

I’ve been fortunate enough to walk along the beautiful coast you describe and will again, but next time with the memory of your warning. Thank you.


15 posted on 11/28/2008 4:31:19 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: LADYAK

Oh dear, of course it’s hard for you to read stories like this....but perhaps increased awareness will save some people. Prayers and condolences for your loss.


16 posted on 11/28/2008 4:33:38 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: LADYAK

Prayers that God will heal your aching heart.


17 posted on 11/28/2008 6:45:49 AM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: LADYAK

I am sorry for your loss. I visted the website. It is very moving.


18 posted on 11/28/2008 7:10:05 AM PST by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: chris37

Well, I don’t suggest cruising in the North Atlantic or Bering Sea.


19 posted on 11/28/2008 12:33:56 PM PST by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: DigitalVideoDude

duly noted, but...but a rogue wave, meaning a wave that steals the energy of other waves thus increasing its own crest and trough, is a phenomenon of water, not just certain oceans or bodies of water. These unstable waves can occur anywhere at anytime, even on clear days on calm seas. There are satellites that have been recording 100 ft+ rogues in the atlantic for some time now. They are not infrequent occurrences.


20 posted on 11/28/2008 12:42:29 PM PST by chris37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: chris37

21 posted on 11/28/2008 12:54:32 PM PST by Species8472 (Love thy neighbor as yourself, but choose your neighborhood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: chris37
These waves can occur anywhere at anytime, and considering this I won’t be going on any cruise ships ever...

And you could be struck by lightning from a clear blue sky (google "positive giant" lightning), does this mean you stay indoors at all times?

Don't let the strategy of minimizing risk take the fun out of your life.

22 posted on 11/28/2008 1:01:39 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

My cousin and a friend died from a rouge wave at Cabo San Lucas. They were not surfing just near the shore. This was about 13 years ago and I had never heard of rouge waves before that.


23 posted on 11/28/2008 1:02:56 PM PST by winodog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Centurion2000

I don’t, I enjoy the outdoors all the time. However, I have successfully mitigated my risk of losing my boat to a rogue wave on the high seas by 100% by never going there. I will not let the strategy of the rogue wave render me a bobbing, human cork in the middle of nowhere.


24 posted on 11/28/2008 1:06:14 PM PST by chris37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Species8472

Wow! Amazing picture.


25 posted on 11/28/2008 1:10:55 PM PST by Teacher317 (Well, at least we know Obama isn't the anti-Christ. Satan would have more class.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: chris37
Seriously. I think you are in more danger driving to Starbucks for a latte in the morning.

That's OK though... no cruise for you. :-)

26 posted on 11/28/2008 10:25:58 PM PST by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: DigitalVideoDude

Heh, you could be right on that, especially considering the skill of drivers around here. But fear not! I have purchased a home cappuccino machine, so such trips will not be necessary :D


27 posted on 11/28/2008 11:19:42 PM PST by chris37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson