‘Moment of madness’ – walker captured on camera engulfed by waves as he watched weather in Swanage

CRASH: A man and his dog standing next to waves in Swanage. Photo from Andy Lyons of Swanage RNLI

CRASH: A man and his dog standing next to waves in Swanage. Photo from Andy Lyons of Swanage RNLI

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THIS is the moment one weather-watcher diced with disaster in Swanage.

Strong winds whipped up rising seas that battered the coast, sending this huge plume of water over the quayside on Saturday.

The ‘moment of madness’ was captured on camera by a member of Swanage’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

Becky Mack, of Swanage RNLI, said: “We are urging people to stay safe.

“The waves were breaking over the top of the jetty.

“Our concern is for everyone to keep their distance from the water in these conditions.”

Becky also warned that even ankle deep water can be enough to sweep people off their feet when it surges.

Stormy seas also caused damage to some beach huts on Swanage’s North Beach as heavy weather hit the coast.

On the thrill-seeker who was snapped standing on the quay, a RNLI spokesman told the Daily Echo: “After the tragic deaths of two people swept out to sea in two incidents over the past few days, and with more windy weather forecast, please take extra care if you’re going down to the coast.

“In particular avoid exposed places where big waves can knock you off your feet.”

Meanwhile, Dorset Police issued a statement calling for people to avoid coastal areas while the bad weather continues.

A police spokesman stressed: “Coastal areas are very dangerous at present – do not visit for sightseeing or to observe the waves.

“Tides and winds are very strong, do not paddle in the sea or go out to see unnecessarily.

“River currents are very strong and conditions surrounding the rivers are unstable – do not visit unnecessarily or attempt to go into the water.”

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11:10am Mon 6 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

I would like to nominate him for knob of the month.
I would like to nominate him for knob of the month. Hessenford
  • Score: 19

11:19am Mon 6 Jan 14

Jetwasher says...

I would like to nominate the photographer for using a potato to take the picture.
I would like to nominate the photographer for using a potato to take the picture. Jetwasher
  • Score: 16

11:25am Mon 6 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Never mind him his poor dog could have been swept away!
Never mind him his poor dog could have been swept away! suzigirl
  • Score: 33

11:25am Mon 6 Jan 14

Ralph Horris says...

Natural selection. Let him get on with it.
Natural selection. Let him get on with it. Ralph Horris
  • Score: 15

11:41am Mon 6 Jan 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

At least he's wearing a high visibility jacket.
At least he's wearing a high visibility jacket. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 21

11:57am Mon 6 Jan 14

Imaximus says...

Ermmmm. doesn't the Echo actively encourage people to send in their photos of the storms? Pot.....kettle.....a
nd all that.
Ermmmm. doesn't the Echo actively encourage people to send in their photos of the storms? Pot.....kettle.....a nd all that. Imaximus
  • Score: 18

11:59am Mon 6 Jan 14

Dibbles2 says...

I find this article hypocritical as the echo published pictures of kids paddling 24 hours ago but not with the same sort of headline. Having been to Sandbanks once where one minute it was completely calm and within minutes ankle deep was chest high waves I can appreciate the dangers of sea and would NEVER put my kids at risk. This man is one of many idiots who have been to look at the waves.
I find this article hypocritical as the echo published pictures of kids paddling 24 hours ago but not with the same sort of headline. Having been to Sandbanks once where one minute it was completely calm and within minutes ankle deep was chest high waves I can appreciate the dangers of sea and would NEVER put my kids at risk. This man is one of many idiots who have been to look at the waves. Dibbles2
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Give the bloke a break. He is a Swanage local and we all know they have webbed feet and can easily swim back in if caught off guard. His dog is just a hardnut, don't mess.
Give the bloke a break. He is a Swanage local and we all know they have webbed feet and can easily swim back in if caught off guard. His dog is just a hardnut, don't mess. Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 13

12:18pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Hardly wave of the century.............
Hardly wave of the century............. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 16

12:31pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Dibbles2 says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
Hardly wave of the century.............
Looks photo shopped. The dog has no back legs!
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Hardly wave of the century.............[/p][/quote]Looks photo shopped. The dog has no back legs! Dibbles2
  • Score: 8

12:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Adrian XX says...

Most six year olds are better at photoshop.
Most six year olds are better at photoshop. Adrian XX
  • Score: 5

1:06pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai

l
wrote:
Hardly wave of the century.............
Looks photo shopped. The dog has no back legs!
Your quite right. As I said, the dog is a right hardcase, gets about with no legs!! Also known as Nikki noonah
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Hardly wave of the century.............[/p][/quote]Looks photo shopped. The dog has no back legs![/p][/quote]Your quite right. As I said, the dog is a right hardcase, gets about with no legs!! Also known as Nikki noonah Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 3

1:07pm Mon 6 Jan 14

joncon says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai l wrote: Hardly wave of the century.............
Looks photo shopped. The dog has no back legs!
Look closer. The dogs back legs are white. The front ones are black. Thus the former don't stand out quite so well given the conditions
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Hardly wave of the century.............[/p][/quote]Looks photo shopped. The dog has no back legs![/p][/quote]Look closer. The dogs back legs are white. The front ones are black. Thus the former don't stand out quite so well given the conditions joncon
  • Score: 5

1:45pm Mon 6 Jan 14

static kill says...

ffs it's just a bit of spray.
ffs it's just a bit of spray. static kill
  • Score: 12

1:47pm Mon 6 Jan 14

gerbil112 says...

Certainly looks Photo-shopped, look at the overhead waves compared to the surf, and the background to the right of the "wave", a lot of digital pixellation that doesn't show anywhere else in the pictire.
Certainly looks Photo-shopped, look at the overhead waves compared to the surf, and the background to the right of the "wave", a lot of digital pixellation that doesn't show anywhere else in the pictire. gerbil112
  • Score: 6

1:54pm Mon 6 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

dicing with disaster???? more like dicing with getting a bit damp.
dicing with disaster???? more like dicing with getting a bit damp. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 15

2:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Vikki27 says...

If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!!
If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!! Vikki27
  • Score: 1

2:24pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Adrian XX says...

Vikki27 wrote:
If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!!
If they both fell in, the dog would survive and the man would drown. Dogs can fend for themselves in adverse conditions far better than humans can.
[quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!![/p][/quote]If they both fell in, the dog would survive and the man would drown. Dogs can fend for themselves in adverse conditions far better than humans can. Adrian XX
  • Score: 6

3:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Vikki27 wrote: If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!!
If they both fell in, the dog would survive and the man would drown. Dogs can fend for themselves in adverse conditions far better than humans can.
That's okay then!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!![/p][/quote]If they both fell in, the dog would survive and the man would drown. Dogs can fend for themselves in adverse conditions far better than humans can.[/p][/quote]That's okay then! suzigirl
  • Score: 1

3:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Imaximus says...

Hey Echo...I think you owe this man an apology...haven't you just put on to your live feed and on twitter a pic from someone stood at the end of the Pier surrounded by crashing waves ??? I didn't see in the tweet that you RTd that you said he was mad???? Double standards me thinks.
Hey Echo...I think you owe this man an apology...haven't you just put on to your live feed and on twitter a pic from someone stood at the end of the Pier surrounded by crashing waves ??? I didn't see in the tweet that you RTd that you said he was mad???? Double standards me thinks. Imaximus
  • Score: 10

5:03pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Dorset Logic says...

The wave running down the side of the pier is nowt, with what it has been like and hardly a menace compared with some pictures of folk on sea walls and the like in cornwall during atlantic storms.
The super Hi Res 4 pixel Image doesn't show the spray in any clarity.

The dog was superglued down for safety. People with Hi Vis will always know better than you.
The wave running down the side of the pier is nowt, with what it has been like and hardly a menace compared with some pictures of folk on sea walls and the like in cornwall during atlantic storms. The super Hi Res 4 pixel Image doesn't show the spray in any clarity. The dog was superglued down for safety. People with Hi Vis will always know better than you. Dorset Logic
  • Score: 5

5:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Dorset Logic wrote:
The wave running down the side of the pier is nowt, with what it has been like and hardly a menace compared with some pictures of folk on sea walls and the like in cornwall during atlantic storms.
The super Hi Res 4 pixel Image doesn't show the spray in any clarity.

The dog was superglued down for safety. People with Hi Vis will always know better than you.
Hi Vis people in all walks of life are far superior, hi viz vest, set of jangly keys and perhaps a hat / radio and away you go POWER!!!!

Nicky Noonah wears hers whilst being taken for a walk on her false legs btw
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Logic[/bold] wrote: The wave running down the side of the pier is nowt, with what it has been like and hardly a menace compared with some pictures of folk on sea walls and the like in cornwall during atlantic storms. The super Hi Res 4 pixel Image doesn't show the spray in any clarity. The dog was superglued down for safety. People with Hi Vis will always know better than you.[/p][/quote]Hi Vis people in all walks of life are far superior, hi viz vest, set of jangly keys and perhaps a hat / radio and away you go POWER!!!! Nicky Noonah wears hers whilst being taken for a walk on her false legs btw Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

mossy 1 says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Vikki27 wrote:
If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!!
If they both fell in, the dog would survive and the man would drown. Dogs can fend for themselves in adverse conditions far better than humans can.
Whilst the lifeboat crew then put their lives at risk going after day-glo man.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vikki27[/bold] wrote: If he wants to do something that daft then fine, but at least have the decency to make sure the dog is safely away somewhere first!![/p][/quote]If they both fell in, the dog would survive and the man would drown. Dogs can fend for themselves in adverse conditions far better than humans can.[/p][/quote]Whilst the lifeboat crew then put their lives at risk going after day-glo man. mossy 1
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

constant gardener says...

suzigirl wrote:
Never mind him his poor dog could have been swept away!
I would say the dog has more intelligence than this idiot.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: Never mind him his poor dog could have been swept away![/p][/quote]I would say the dog has more intelligence than this idiot. constant gardener
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Tig says...

gerbil112 wrote:
Certainly looks Photo-shopped, look at the overhead waves compared to the surf, and the background to the right of the "wave", a lot of digital pixellation that doesn't show anywhere else in the pictire.
It's not PhotoShopped, it's just that it's been compressed to such a small file size, that it has downgraded the quality of the original photo.
[quote][p][bold]gerbil112[/bold] wrote: Certainly looks Photo-shopped, look at the overhead waves compared to the surf, and the background to the right of the "wave", a lot of digital pixellation that doesn't show anywhere else in the pictire.[/p][/quote]It's not PhotoShopped, it's just that it's been compressed to such a small file size, that it has downgraded the quality of the original photo. Tig
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Fri 10 Jan 14

freedom for pokesdown says...

I don't think this wave was particularly dangerous but what you must watch out for is the odd rogue wave that can be twice the size of the rest of the set. It's rare but if you are swept off by one of these your boots and heavy raincoat are going to drag you down...
I don't think this wave was particularly dangerous but what you must watch out for is the odd rogue wave that can be twice the size of the rest of the set. It's rare but if you are swept off by one of these your boots and heavy raincoat are going to drag you down... freedom for pokesdown
  • Score: 0

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