People drown up and down the Central Coast every year because they think the waves in front of them won’t get any bigger. But taller “sneaker waves” can, and will continue to knock people over and drag them to the bottom. Then rescuers risk their lives looking for the bodies.
These scenes – tragedies waiting to happen – continue to play out every year along Oregon’s shorelines. These rocky sections of the coast are NOT THE BEACH. Authorities should put up more signs warning unwary tourists that the ocean is like a lion in a cage. If you get too close, you or a loved one, can be gone in an instant. Forever.
For those who want to know where “sneaker waves” come from, the answer is EVERYWHERE. Sneaker waves are actually the sum total of a number of waves coming from various directions, generated by any number of storms at sea. Their sea swells fan outward to all points of the compass. The swells can converge off any given shore. The waves come in fast and tall – literally out-of-the-blue. There’s no warning. Suddenly they’re right in front of you and you don’t even have time to turn and run.
Again, these rocky outcroppings on the coast ARE NOT THE BEACH! Treat them for what they are. Beautiful but deadly.