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Thread: Druif Beach - Heavy Surf - One Dead - One Critically Injured

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    Druif Beach - Heavy Surf - One Dead - One Critically Injured

    Druif Beach, Thursday afternoon, March 9th. Reports of one man losing his life and another being critically injured with a broken neck, now in a coma, by heavy surf with waves crashing ashore "twelve feet tall". I didn't see this, we were geocaching in Arikok Park but all stories today had similar threads.

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    That's just awful! I know the waves at Druif can be crazy. Such a shame someone would go in the water when conditions are poor. Very sad.

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    Terrible. God help the person in hospital.

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    Its very sad indeed. I feel awful for the families and them of course but I agree with Peg, people need to be smarter. The water is dangerous and who thinks playing in 12 foot waves is a smart idea? People need to obey the warnings...red flags mean danger. Still tragic

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    i wonder if the aruba government has ever considered the possibilities of lifeguards or at the very least beach patrols?
    i know there is a cost, however the majority of beach goers are tourists and tourists (pardon the pun) are the bread and butter to the economy.

    i know a real fine lady that is good at training lifeguards

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    That's sad..... I can't imagine the pounding waves like this would give.

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    omg......how awful, as i said in a different post a friend sent me a video of the waves........you have to be crazy to get in that !!!
    could have been a tourist on their first trip to the island and had no idea what he was getting into....
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    prayers for them & their families. So sad - I guess if you are not familiar with the island you may just not know what the norm is
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I hope people learn from this, it doesn't matter how good a swimmer you are these waves and mother nature can be dangerous. All I can think of is all those huge rocks near shore it would be easy for a wave to toss you into them. Very sad news, hope the person in a coma is able o survive. On one of the webcams yesterday I saw someone with a surfboard walking on shore. A few years ago with huge waves we were watching young men surfing right in front of the rocks at Divi, I was nervous watching them.

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    When you see that Arubans aren't getting into the water that should be a telltale sign to stay out, but when you are on vacation you forget that you can get injured same as if at home.....My friend told me what he heard happened but since it is hearsay I prefer not to elaborate and say things that are not completely accurate.
    since we have been going for 20+ years we have seen crazy waves now and again and it never ceases to amaze me when people stay in the water to body-surf....
    I have been flipped around and dragged in the water with waves that were normal....so I have gained a healthy respect for the waves...NOT going in when they are more than average in height.....
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