A tourist has died after she was swept out to sea by a massive wave while taking a picture at a tourist beauty spot on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Ines Gomila, 36, was visiting Italy with her husband Sebastian Queiroz, 52, when she was swept away by a wave while taking a picture on the Amalfi Coast in Salerno, Italy, on Wednesday, 23rd November.
The couple, who were staying at a hotel when Positano, were reportedly surprised by a storm and while trying to take a photograph of it, a huge wave swept Ines out to sea.
Ines, from the Argentinian city of Cordoba, was reportedly a huge football fan and supported Boca Juniors. She had a pumpkin and squash orchard back home in Argentina and loved to travel, visiting Florence, Rome, Milan and Capri with her husband in 2011.
The tragedy took place early in the morning, when Ines was going down one of the coves of the Furore fjord, according to Argentinian media.
She had been trying to photograph the storm in front of the sea while visiting the town of Furore, near Naples, one of the most exclusive tourist areas in Italy.
The wave hit the couple and dragged both of them into the water. Locals realised what was happening and through in a rope.
Sebastian managed to hang onto some rocks and was rescued. He is currently undergoing medical checkups at the Castiglione di Ravello hospital.
But the Amalfi Coast Guard recovered Ines’ lifeless body from the water.
Local officials said that the area was heavily affected, saying in a statement: “In Minori, the sea swallowed the pier, lifting the iron bars and dragging a large amount of logs and debris of all kinds onto the beach and the promenade: the mayor ordered the promenade closed and cordoned off the entire area.”
The Italian authorities said that schools have been closed in many of the municipalities in the area and that this time of year “the sea tends to be very rough or heavy with storm surges along the coasts.”