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Mother Nature Crashes The Party For Diners At Santa Barbara's Moby Dick Restaurant

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Updated 03/4/2014 12:06pm
Mother Nature Crashes The Party For Diners At Santa Barbara's Moby Dick Restaurant
Media Courtesy of The Sanata Barbara Independent

Margie Patton

Staff Writer

@MargiePatton A group of diners in Santa Barbara got a little closer to Mother Nature than they expected when a monster wave shattered the front windows of Moby Dick restaurant this past Saturday. Patrons of the Stearns Wharf establishment were enjoying the spectacular sight of the high storm waves when the scene turned into a disaster movie come to life. Forrest Buchanan was filming the waves when one of the swells burst through the windows, spraying the diners with water and shattered glass. [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjw-2nx2dHE&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Buchanan told The Santa Barbara Independent, “The swell increased with every wave that passed. I recall telling people at the table in front of me that the pier will likely be closed soon due to the high surf. One minute later, I see a set of waves approaching and pick up my smart phone to film. The video shows the wave breaking through the restaurant window. The dining room was filled with the sound of glass shattering and people screaming as a wave of water rushed over the dining room carpet. Everyone froze, including the staff. So, I rushed over to make sure there were not any major injuries. I proceeded to warn everyone of the danger that could follow with the next wave and to evacuate the room. We got the room evacuated without any more injuries. I then looked at the manager and asked, 'Do you mind I don't pay for my breakfast and move on?" Buchanan did indeed get his breakfast for free, as we hope did everyone else! Check out the short but frightening videos of the incident from fellow patron Max Rosenberg below. [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZwongCS3kQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

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