Giant wave takes life of surfer

Published May 10, 2007

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - A Holly Hill man apparently drowned while surfing Wednesday, authorities said.

Scott Kevin Williams, 32, became engulfed in a "gigantic wave" about 10:30 a.m., said Capt. Scott Peterson of the Volusia County Beach Patrol. Williams' friends pulled him to shore and he was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"The wave kind of gobbled him up, he wiped out and he basically drowned, " Petersohn said.

Investigators think Williams may have hit his head on the board, Petersohn said. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Peterson said many surfers were taking advantage of large waves produced by the effects of subtropical Storm Andrea, which was about 100 miles southeast of Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday evening.

"The waves are unbelievable. It doesn't get like this very often, " Petersohn said. "The surfers hold their breath, waiting for days like this."