The Ocean Will Kill You

A reminder. Here is a sketch from about 10 years ago at Ona Beach south of Newport. It shows two members of my family as a wave suddenly washes up around them, chest high, over the heads of the 7 and 4 year old they barely grabbed hold of. 

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They had not been standing in the water, just near it. They were not sucked out to sea, not this time. But it was close, very, very close. 

On a recent visit to the Coast, some visitors from Southern California repeatedly scoffed at our admonition to never turn their backs to the ocean and, especially when climbing on wave-struck rocks, to stay much closer to shore. They were insulted by our insistence.  

They survived. This time.