Warning after ‘freak wave’ swept mum out to sea on Seaham beach
A mum who was swept out to sea by a “freak wave” while walking on the beach has issued a stark safety warning.
Rosa, 27, said: “I was just on the beach, right next to the slip. My husband had gone ahead with my daughter and I didn’t think anything of it, I just followed them on the route I thought they’d taken.
“This freak wave just caught me, it took my legs from under me, I didn’t see it coming.
“Whatever was under my feet just disappeared, my legs collapsed and I was swept out into the water.
“As soon as the water took my legs I was just screaming for help.
“I didn’t even think about the cold until I got out, I was just hoping someone would call the Coastguard.
“I knew I would be in more danger if I inhaled any water, so I pinched my nose and held my breath every time “