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VIDEO: Big surf, big trouble

Wooden skiffs provide livelihoods in coastal villages around the world — for the builders and the people who use them. The simple, sturdy boats often are time-honored designs refined through the generations.

But all boats have their limitations as seen in this video. The location is identified as the Cape Verde islands, about 350 miles off western Africa, specifically the island of Sal.

Two men are apparently attempting to head out through a surf line. One man is handling the outboard tiller, though it appears the engine may not be working.

Amid warnings shouted from the pier, the boat gets turned beam to a wave but rides up and over it. When it’s turned stern-to, their luck runs out.