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Isle of fright! Giant wave sends man and boy flying

Surf’s up: Wave
crashes on seafront,
knocking over the
man in high-vis
jacket and the child PICTURES: PETER RYLEY

A HUGE wave almost dragged a man and a child out to sea during a stroll along a beach as storms battered the country over the weekend.

Dramatic images show the pair being knocked flying by the mountainous surf at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. The man, who was wearing a high-vis jacket and carrying the child — thought to be his son — on his back, had climbed over a sea wall, seemingly unaware of the danger.

All at sea: Man takes boy on his back for a walk inside sea wall despite high winds

As they walked near the tide line, the wave crashed over the pair, sent them flying and began to sweep them out to sea. Passers-by rushed to help and pulled them to safety. One witness was heard shouting ‘very stupid indeed’ in footage of the incident filmed by Peter Ryley.

Mr Ryley said: ‘I believe this dramatic video has some value in showing the dangers big waves can pose to the unwary.’

We surf-ived: Others rush to help and pull the pair to safety

Meanwhile yesterday, the body of a man in his 20s was found washed up on a beach at Bridport, Dorset.

The victim and a woman who was with him were swept out to sea by a wave on Sunday.

However, she managed to make it back to shore and raise the alarm. A search was mounted by the RNLI, the Coastguard and a police helicopter.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: ‘While the body is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of the missing man.

‘His family has been informed and the coroner notified.’