The five surfers who died at Scheveningen in May were commemorated this morning. Next of kin went into the North Sea on surfboards.
According to Omroep West, about 250 people took part. They formed three rings in the water. The inner circle was for the family, the second for friends and the outer circle was for the other people involved in the surfing drama. Similarly, rescuers of the fire brigade who carried out the rescue operation went into the water with their surfboards to commemorate the deceased men.
That’s what it looked like:
The surfers got into trouble at Scheveningen on 11 May. Two Hagenaars of 38 and 30 died after they were pulled over. A day later the bodies of a 24-year-old man from The Hague and a 22-year-old man from Delft were recovered. The body of a 23-year-old man, also from Delft, was found at the beginning of June. A sixth surfer from the group survived the tragedy.
The victims were all experienced surfers. Presumably things went wrong due to strong winds and an opposite current. Possibly the large amount of foam on the waves also played a role.
The people who went into the water today for the tribute had brought flowers. According to one of them, the gathering was a beautiful way to commemorate the men. “I think they loved nothing more than surfing and being in the water.”