An American man died on his 39th birthday after he was swept into the sea by a sneaker, or sleeper, wave during a family vacation.
Andrew Machi from California in the US was reportedly fishing with his wife, Brandie, and their kids – Trinity (14), Cyrus (12) and Ronan (4) – in Trinidad and Tobago when a wave swept him off the rocks on 22 March, Fox News reported.
His wife then jumped into the ocean in an attempt to save him, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Brandie’s sister, Jamie Tracey.
“Brandie jumped in and tried to save him but he was about 15ft (4,5m) out and the water was throwing her back into the rocks,” Jamie, wrote. “She ran for help but Andrew died.”
A rescue helicopter was sent to the tragic scene where a swimmer found the lineman’s body. Andrew was then flown to Mad River hospital in California.
“The coroner said he believes Andrew hit his head on rocks as he went down and was knocked out,” Jamie said.
Petty officer Jordan Akiyama from the coast guard said waves usually “come out of nowhere,” Daily Mail reported.
“This sneaker wave kind of came up and grabbed him,” Akiyama said. “They’re just very powerful. Whenever you go to the beach, never turn your back to the ocean.”
A private funeral will be held on Saturday 6 April.
“To say he’s devoted to his family is an understatement,” Andrew’s obituary read.
“Drew is, was and always will be the centre of his family. His light and leadership, caring, selflessness and love will continue to be the cornerstone of the family.”