Giant Waves Pound California Coast
Swimmer missing; smugglers' boat crashes
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 2, 2011 6:05 AM CDT
A body boarder stays ahead of a closing wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire)
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(Newser) – A high surf advisory is in effect until 5pm along the central California coast, as the damaging impact of the huge waves pounding the area comes to light: A body-boarder has gone missing, and a marijuana-smuggling boat crashed on shore, likely a victim of the powerful surf, the AP reports. Lifeguards saved dozens of people amid 10-foot waves, while surfers took advantage of 20-foot waves hitting Orange County's Newport Beach. The smuggling boat was abandoned when authorities found it split in half in an area northwest of Malibu; some 500 pounds of pot washed onto the beach.