One dead, another missing in freak wave

One person was killed and another went missing after a large freak wave which hit the coast of Mirissa swept them into the sea.

The two had been chatting on the beach close to a popular tourist hotel when an abnormal wave which appeared suddenly and without warning hit the area they were standing with tremendous force.

Both had been swept into the sea and the body of one person was recovered later by Police and a coast guard. The deceased was identified as a 23 year old African tourist staying at a hotel in Mirissa.

Police and the Coast Guard officers are searching for the missing person, a Sri Lankan national. 

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