You’re bound to see this story somewhere – Briton Surfs Tsunami, Survives.
HIKKADUWA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – British surfer Martin Markwell had always dreamed of catching that perfect wave — but when it finally came along, it was a nightmare.
Markwell was paddling on his surfboard Sunday off the popular Hikkaduwa beach resort on Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed southern coast when he was swept up by a tsunami wave and sent crashing over a white sand beach and into a hotel restaurant.
“It was really terrible because I was surfing, I was really surfing on a wave I wasn’t supposed to be on,” he told Reuters.
“As an experienced surfer, when I saw the wave come I realized something was wrong, but I couldn’t escape because my surfboard was tied to my ankle.”
His wife Vicki and son Jake looked on in horror from a hotel balcony as he crashed toward the shore. Miraculously, he stayed atop his board until he reached the hotel, jumped off and waded to safety as the ocean rolled back to feed a much larger tsunami wave on its way.I was with him until that last paragraph.
If the reason he couldn’t escape the tsunami wave was his surf leash, they never quite explain why the leash wasn’t a problem when he “jumped off” the board at the hotel. And of course there’s the wife and child “watching in horror,” which while possible seems like it might have been added to make the story more dramatic.
It’s a good thing he and his family survived, but this smells of a fish story.