A TOURIST has drowned after being pulled out to sea by a massive wave while trying to take a picture on the Italian coast.
Ines Gomila, 36, was with her husband Sebastian Queiroz, 52, when they were hit by the huge wave on the Amalfi Coast.
The pair were trying to take a picture during a storm when they were both swept out to sea.
The tragedy, according to Argentine media, happened on the morning of November 23, when the couple were sailing down one of the bays of the Furore fjord.
The couple were visiting the town of Furore, near Naples, when the massive wave hit them, knocking them both into the water.
Locals who saw what was happening tried to help them by throwing in a rope.
Sebastian was able to hold on to some rocks and was saved.
He was taken to the Castiglione di Ravello hospital.
Recalling the horror moment, he told Telenoche: “First I took a picture of her, then she took one of me, and then we lined up to take a selfie.
“And a wave came, it hit us and threw us away.
“It was a rough sea, we didn’t expect a wave of this size to come and do what it did.”
Speaking about his late wife, he said she is “with God now.”
“In that moment I feel her next to me, I know that she is here and she accompanies me with her. She is fine and happy,” he added.
The couple, from the city of Cordoba, Argentina, reportedly loved to travel and had visited Italy in the past.
Local officials said in a statement that the area was badly affected: “In Minori, the sea has swallowed the pier, lifting the iron bars and dragging a large amount of logs and debris of all kinds onto the beach and promenade: the mayor has ordered the promenade closed and the entire area cordoned off.”
Italian authorities said schools have been closed in many communities in the region and that at this time of year “the sea tends to be very rough or heavy with storm surges along the coasts”.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6782011/tourist-drowns-dragged-sea-wave-italian-coast/ Tourist, 36, drowns after being pulled out to sea by an unusual wave while taking a picture on the Italian coast during a storm