Piece and a video in the Daily Mail today Here about a boy being rescued from the surf in Hawaii. Many readers wrote in to say how dangerous the waves are there. I wholeheartedly concur because for someone raised on the North Atlantic’s pretty predictable shoreline they were a shock.
And reading the above linked story today reminded me of a goosebump inducing tale I was told when I was stationed on Oahu in 1964.
It goes like this:
There was a sign on a rocky beach on the North Eastern Coast – Danger From Waves – Do Not Walk On Wet Rocks. (Meaning of course that wet rocks tell you where the surf is reaching)
Father and son take a hike. Son (who is walking on the dry rocks) says to father “Dad maybe you should stay off wet rocks like the sign said.” Father replies “don’t worry about me son I can look out for myself.” Son looks away. Son looks back. Father has vanished.