Twin sisters die after being swept out to sea by rogue wave

by: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

Twin sisters were swept out to sea and drowned by a rogue wave while on a dream vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, relatives said.

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Beverly Ann Skripsky, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Barbara Jo Thomas, of McKinney, Texas, were walking along the beach the morning of Oct. 22 when a 15-foot wave suddenly crashed ashore.

"You had two wonderful people just walking on the beach and full of life a couple hours before that, and they're now gone," Steve Thomas, Barbara's husband of 45 years, told WFAA. "My last memory was, 'Come with us and go on the walk.' And I didn't go. I literally watched her walk out the door and she wanted me to go with her."

The U.S. Embassy issued a warning about possible deadly conditions on beaches in the wake of their deaths.

"Beaches on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortes sides of the Baja California peninsula, near Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, can be dangerous due to strong currents, riptides and rogue waves," part of the warning read. 

Thomas did not know rogue waves were a concern in the area and now hopes the deaths can serve as a warning to save the lives of other tourists. 

"There are certain beaches there that are killer beaches," Thomas told WFAA. "If you're out on the beach or in the ocean, you need to be very, very cautious of what's going on around you."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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