Many tourists come to the island to swim in Queen’s Bath. The actual bath is the circular area in the middle of this photo (just before the ocean). Tourists come to swim here, as it’s a natural saltwater pool right on the beautiful coastline. The bath is supposed to be a summer attraction, when the ocean is calm. But many who do not know enough about the ocean read about this on tripadvisor and go out to swim in it. Unsuspecting tourists walk out on these rocks or swim in this bath and get taken off guard.
Sometimes, the ocean can look calm, and lull you into a false sense of security. At the peak of the splash, this wave reached 40 feet high and brought in a surge of 4-5 feet of water, enough to knock the strongest man down against the rocks and take him out to sea. I was above and out of harms way, personally, but a word of caution: this, in an image, is why they say don’t swim in Queen’s Bath in the winter.
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