TRAGIC LOSS: 3 SURFERS DIED IN ONE WEEK
It is a very sad series of fatal accidents that occurred in a few days. In Hawaii and Sri Lanka, three surfers lost their lives in five days. Thinking of their loved ones and families.
PLINIO LATTANZI, HAWAII, SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
Plinio Lattanzi, 54, surfs a good Honolua Bay this Saturday. The flagship spot on Maui Island received a 6-8 foot swell with a few much larger sets.
After taking a good wave, Plinio went up to the peak before having a sickness. The other surfers brought him back to the beach and gave him cardiac massages, but neither they nor the paramedics were able to revive him.
Originally from Rio De Janeiro, Plinio had lived in Lahina since the early 1990s. His friends organized a paddle out for the "Bradddah Plinio" the following Saturday.
JON LEWIN, SRI LANKA, SUNDAY, JANUARY 13
Jon Lewin, 36, surfed in Hikkaduwa in the early morning when friends who surfed with him noticed his board floating, then his body still at the end of the leash. In the absence of injuries, his relatives think he had to have an attack because he had had one in the past.
Jon lived in Bristol but traveled very regularly to Sri Lanka. A photographer and chef, he had even published a book on the island's cuisine.
MARCUS BIJU, HAWAII, THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
Another Brazilian-born surfer lost his life in Hawaii on Thursday. Marcus Biju was a bodyboarder and bodysurfer who defined himself as a "barrel addict". Settled in Hawaii for about twenty years, he used to surf Pipe at dawn, and the waves of 3 to 5 feet were not particularly big that day.
It was the French surfer Baptiste Gaud who gave the alert by noticing the floating bodyboard inside at 7:30 am. MNS in Hossegor, Baptiste then ran, rowed, then dived to get Marcus out of the water while he was unconscious, probably knocked out. The paramedics immediately took him to the Kahuku medical center, but when he came to a critical situation, he did not make it out.