California: A hiker lost his life and another got severely hurt when huge waves swept them into the depth of the Pacific Ocean on a seaside trail. The second hiker who had rushed to rescue his friend was later on hospitalized.
According to the authorities, one person was found treading water on very frigid 15 to 20 feet eaves that were swelling right before the eyes whereas another person was found by the rescue team faced down almost 50 to 100 yards away from the shore in Northern California.
The Chief of the Shelter Cove Fire Department, Nick Pape stated that the rescue crews were sent immediately on late Sunday afternoon to the area of the Lost Coast Trail near the Shelter Cove in Humboldt County.
“The ocean rescue unit deployed a boat and jet ski from the marina and made the five-mile trek to the patients,” he said.
Nick Pape stated that the hikers were part of a larger group of hikers who were at one portion of the trail on a beach which is famously known to cater to sneaker waves or sleeper waves.
The dangerous waves on this beach strike the hikers or human beings without any prior warnings and can catch the people on the beach with surprise as they can see their stuff tumble down into churning waves.
According to the National Weather Service, these sleeper waves or sneaker waves tend to be very dangerous because “the ocean can appear deceptively calm with long lulls between larger wave sets. “(The calm conditions) may lead to individuals venturing onto exposed coastal features where infrequent but powerful waves can overwhelm them, knocking them into the cold, restless ocean where the possibility of hypothermia or drowning is severe.”
According to the reports, when the first hiker was swept into the Pacific Ocean, the second tried to help him by removing his backpack and going after him but till then the first hiker had vanished into the high tides.
The second hiker was still conscious when the rescue crew reached him and was shifted to a hospital in a helicopter. He is said to be in a stable condition. The other person was declared dead at the scene.