The dangers of winter storms and the risk posed by freak waves are illustrated on the beach of Porsguen near to Portsall in Western France when a retired couple are swept away this month.
It is understood the couple survived the ordeal and rescued by coastal walkers.
The edge of the sea seems to be far enough away for the three people in this clip to be safe – but they are soon to learn that it isn’t.
A large wave crashed onto shore, knocking a pensioner to the floor. First his wife tries to save him before she too loses her footing and ends up being washed out.
The video was shot on the coast of France near Porsguen and uploaded onto YouTube by Olivier Lou who thanked locals Denise and Herve for giving them dry clothes.