Wave sweeps Belgian woman out to sea

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 04-04-2013 16:20:00 · 5 Comments
Wave sweeps Belgian woman out to sea

A Belgian national has died after being swept to her death by waves from a cliff-top in Peniche as she took pictures on a family holiday.

Pedro Vinhas Silva, head of the Peniche Coastguard, said the 45-year-old woman was swept from Cabo Carvoeiro cliff-tops by a wave as she was taking pictures near the lighthouse.

Her body washed ashore twenty-four hours later (today) north of Baleal beach, Peniche.

The tragedy occurred at around 10.30am Thursday morning (4 April). The woman is believed to have been close to the Cabo Carvoeiro cliff-edge as she took photos.

A search and rescue operation was launched by the Peniche Coastguard and involved a Navy boat and an Air Force helicopter.

Her body was found this morning (Friday, 5 April) by locals fifteen kilometres from where she originally disappeared.

Cabo Carvoeiro is a rocky outcrop that lies at the western-most point of the Peniche peninsula and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides.

Due to its positioning it is known as one of the most refreshing points in Portugal during summer and is particularly popular among bird-watchers.

* article updated on 9 April 2013 at 12.53 to read Belgian national instead of Belgian tourist


How big was that wave? Can "normal" wave do that? Is this USUAL in Portugal...?

by Ana from Other on 11-04-2013 03:43:00

The lady in your NEWS report was not a tourist but a Belgion expat resident of nearby Obidos, and had lived in Portugal since last year.

Not that you are going to publish my comment as you never have done yet!

by Wendy Manning from Beiras on 09-04-2013 12:41:00

even going down the stairs you can feel the danger approaching! People say It was not her first time there... And the weather conditions were not the best... So i think it was a tragedy caused by a bad decision of going down to the cliff.

by John from Other on 07-04-2013 01:54:00

@stefan. Why pollute a beautiful location with warning signs? Most people know that nature can be very dangerous.

by Ray from Alentejo on 06-04-2013 02:12:00

I was on the same cliffs a few months ago....there was hardly a danger sign....poor woman....

by Stefan, from Belgium from Other on 05-04-2013 05:45:00
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