A bride-to-be was swept out to sea by a sneaker wave during what was suppose to have been a romantic moment at ‘Proposal Rock’ on the Oregon Coast. Read more about the incident, see photos, map, and video below.

Scott Napper, age 45, had taken 22-year-old Leafil Alforque to ‘Proposal Rock’ to pop the question at a romantic place on the Oregon coast. Proposal Rock is where the love-struck across Oregon go to become engaged. They had been dating since they met on the internet in 2005. It seems Leafil Alforque had just arrived in Oregon on a Fiancee Visa from the Philippines three days before that fateful trip to the coast. They had actually met in person for the first time in January when he spent three weeks in the Philippines.

Here’s what happened: Scott said the tide had receded around Proposal Rock when the couple began to walk to it. He had planned what he thought was that perfect moment – to officially propose to Leafil on Proposal Rock, giving her the ring he carried in his pocket. Their wedding day was already set for December 6th.

About 10 feet from the rock, a sneaker wave about 3 feet high suddenly came toward them.

“I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it,” Napper said.

“When I turned back around, she was about 30 feet away, getting swept out and that’s the last I saw of her. I yelled for her. I was praying to God.” he said in a tearful interview.

Leafil Alforque was only 4-foot-11 and 93 pounds and sadly she had been caught up by the receding waters and swept out to sea. Along with rescuers, Scott searched for hours of any sign of Leafil.

The water was only 53 degrees and very turbulent. Thick fog and dangerous water conditions are common on the Oregon coast this time of year and the search for Leafil’s body has been suspended for the time being. It’s been seven days since Leafil was swept out to sea. Her family back in the Philippines are distraught and are anxious that Leafil’s body is recovered. Police do not suspect foul play.

The Oregon coast is a beautiful but incredibly rugged place. Each year unsuspecting people like Leafil are swept out to sea by sneaker waves. Sometimes their bodies wash up on shore months later but many times, they are sadly never found.





Proposal Rock at High Tide, Neskowin, Oregon Video