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Cedar Rapids man remembers aunt who drowned in Cabo

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Two eastern Iowa natives drowned while on vacation last week. 

Twin sisters Barbara (Sova) Thomas and Beverly (Sova) Skripsky were walking along the beach in Cabo San Lucas last Sunday when they were swept out to sea by a rogue wave. 

Beverly's nephew Justin Wasson lives in Cedar Rapids. 

"I didn't believe it at first because it was just so, it was such an extraordinary story that it was just hard to believe," Wasson says. 

Rogue waves are large and seem to come out of nowhere. 

Their families are dealing with the sudden loss. 

"She was just a good person, I always enjoyed being around her," says Wasson. 

The US Embassy in Mexico put out a warning about rogue waves. 

"Visitors to Mexico, including to local resort areas, should carefully assess the potential risk of recreational activities. Beaches on both the Pacific and Sea of Cortes sides of the Baja California peninsula, near Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, can be dangerous due to strong currents, rip tides and rogue waves.  Not all hazardous beaches in this area are clearly marked. Swimmers, waders and even people simply walking along the beaches have been washed into the ocean by rogue waves. Some have drowned and others have disappeared. Surfers and other water sports enthusiasts should always inquire about local conditions before going into the water.  Do not swim alone in isolated beach areas.  Strong currents could lead to dangerous conditions for even the most experienced swimmers," their website says. 

Beverly and Barbara were born in Eldora and grew up in Toledo and then Cedar Rapids. 

Both women were retired, Beverly currently lived in Arizona and Barbara lived in Texas. 
  "I mean obviously they were real close I mean they were walking on the beach together in Cabo with a planned trip," Wasson says. 

The sisters were just 67-years-old. 

"It's a tough loss," Wasson told us. 

Both sisters graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 1968. 

According to their obituary, a joint celebration of life in planned for November 18th in Plano, Texas. 

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