Saturday, December 6, 2008

Swept Away

A romantic marriage proposal on the Oregon coast turned deadly for the bride-to-be when a wave swept her out to sea.

Police don't suspect foul play in the disappearance of Leafil Alforque . Thick fog and dangerous water conditions off Neskowin Beach hampered the rescue efforts, and the search was called off .

Scott Napper had a ring in his pocket and planned to pop the question to Alforque, 22, at Proposal Rock, which got its name from couples ready to marry. Except he got his rocks wrong and picked Death Rock instead.

Napper said the tide had receded around the rock when the couple began to walk to it, but then a massive wave around 3 feet high suddenly came in.

"I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it," Napper said. By the time he turned to find Alforque, who was only 4-foot-11, she had been caught by the receding waters.

"She was about 30 feet away, getting swept away," Napper said.

The 45-year-old Silverton man tore off his jacket to get rid of any extra weight as he already had enough of his own, and when he looked up again she was gone.

"That's the last I saw of her," the geezer that doesn't do 'swimming to the rescue' said , breaking into tears.

"I yelled for her," he said. "I was praying to God not to let a hot chick half my age who was willing to have sex with me die."

God was too busy handing out Darwin awards.

Napper and Alforque had been dating since they met on the Internet in 2005. Alforque arrived in Oregon on a visa from the Philippines just three days before the fateful trip to the coast.

The two had already set a wedding date for this week, but he wanted to use the moment to make a formal proposal and give Alforque the ring as he was broke after paying for the flight over to book a restaurant.

Her 25-year-old sister, Nova Alforque, said the family hopes the body can be recovered.
"My mother is always crying, day and night," Nova Alforque said by telephone from the Philippines. "She wants my sister back. Even if she is dead, she wants her body to bury."

Don't worry Mr Napper the Philippines is full of young barely legal desperate girls that want to live in America. Plenty more fish in the sea.

1 comment:

Remember Leafil Alforque said...

As someone who was on location shortly after the fact, I can tell you that Scott Napper was very careless and negligent in this situation. The waves were ferocious anyway and the weather nasty. Napper was warned by a local shop keeper that it was dangerous to go out there and there were signs posted that warned of sneaker waves and the dangers and he chose to ignore them all. The more facts are coming in the more we are seeing that this is not just a accident, but a careless disregard for the life and safety of this young woman. Mr. Nappers post incident actions only confirm his irresponsibility and disregard for anyone but himself and his self-centered interest. He ALONE is accountable for this devastating tragedy.

As an American who has become a friend of the Alforque family, and who communicates with them daily, we have created a website to help people to remember Leafil Alforque and to provide regular updates on this story. You can go to that site by CLICKING HERE. We suggest that you send messages of encouragement to the family using one of the links on that site.