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Swept Away . . .

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Silhouetted against the moonlight, a man walks hand in hand with the woman of his dreams. He tries hard to hide his nervousness; otherwise she might suspect that this is not just another romantic walk on the beach.

Nestled in his inner pocket, is a little box, which once presented, will undoubtedly let the woman know how he truly feels about her, and seal forever his desire that they should go through life . . . as man and wife.

How many men have envisioned such a scene or better yet did what I just described?

Perhaps Sam Cooke knew best . . . exactly why men behave like boys, the moment love engulfs them and they have to impart their amorous feelings to the woman they’ve chosen.

At the end of the day the time comes they must part
The strings of regret tear away at his heart
And late in the night as he sleeps on his bed
Visions of her sweet charm, how they dance in his head
And before you know he is buying the ring
To capture forever that sweet darling thing
That’s how it is when a boy falls in love’

Those may have been the thoughts swirling around in the head of Scott Napper, as he walked with his girlfriend, Leafil Alforque, on Neskowin Beach towards what has been appropriately-named Proposal Rock.

Mr. Napper’s account of what happened:

The tide had receded around Proposal Rock on Saturday when he and Ms. Alforque began walking to it. Hidden in his pocket was the ring he was going to give her as he proposed.

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

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

By the time he turned to find the woman he would have been affianced to, the petite Ms. Alforque, who was only 4-foot 11 and weighed a mere 93 pounds, had been caught by the receding waters.

“She was about 30 feet away, getting swept away,” Mr. Napper said.

Mr. Napper said, he turned to remove his heavy jacket, so he could better search for Ms. Alforque, but when he looked up—she was gone.

Rescue efforts to find the 22-year-old, Leafil Alforque were suspended due to thick fog and dangerous water conditions.

Oregon police officials have ruled out any foul play based on Mr. Napper’s story and an eyewitness’ account of the incident.

I, on the other hand can’t get rid of these persistent questions that I would have liked to ask Mr. Napper if I had been there.

1. Surely, he must have been holding Ms. Alforque’s hand as they walked towards Proposal Rock?

2. Mr. Napper asserted that he had on a heavy jacket. Was this because he had prior knowledge of the inclement weather conditions near Proposal Rock? And if he did, why not remain close to the beach instead of walking so close to the incoming tide?

3. Mr. Napper said, he turned to keep from getting pulled under. What I can’t understand is, if the wave was suddenly upon them, how did Mr. Napper have time to turn from it?

4. And if Mr. Napper had the wherewithal to make such a split-second decision, wouldn’t he have also had time, to make sure that he pulled the woman he loved enough to ask for her hand in marriage, closer to him?

5. Mr. Napper goes on to say that he turned to remove his heavy jacket, and when he looked up, Ms. Alforque was gone. The woman I love is being swept away; I don’t know of any man beside Mr. Napper that is—who would have taken his eyes off of the person they so dearly loved.

According to Ms. Alforque’s sister, their mother cries herself to sleep every night. She say’s they’re holding out hope that Leafil is alive. What her mother wants most, if the worst has happened to her daughter, is that the body be sent home, to the Philippines.

I can’t stand in judgment of 45-year-old Mr. Napper, but it seems that if he had brought Ms. Alforque to Proposal Rock, to ask for her hand in marriage—he could have least made sure that he held on to it.

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author


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  1. 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 irresponsiblity 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 at We suggest that you send messages of encouragement to the family using one of the links on that site.


    December 14, 2008 at 10:37 pm

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