A rogue wave swept twin sisters out to sea as they took a morning walk on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, People reports.
Barbara Thomas, 67, of McKinney, Texas, and Beverly Skripsky, 67, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Oct. 22 while walking along the beach near the house they were renting for their week-long vacation.
Skripsky’s son, Matt Skripsky, told People the family is still in shock over the incident.
“Dangerous waves ended the lives of two wonderful women,” he said.
Other tourists in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have been pulled into the water and drowned. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico issued a warning about strong currents, riptides, and large waves.
"I can't imagine how fast it was moving, but it went from 10 feet to 15 feet in seconds," Steve Thomas, Barbara's husband, tells NBC 5.
"They found two women out at sea, and I'm thinking 'great—they found them' and I say 'are they okay?' and he says 'I'm sorry to tell you sir, but they’re deceased.'" He says it wasn't a hazard he had been aware of and he hopes to share news of the deaths will save lives.
The twins, both retired, were active, warm and beautiful wives and mothers who enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren, Skripsky says. They traveled the world together and had recently returned from a trip to Dubai.
Our prayers go out to their families at this difficult time.
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