A video showing the moment a woman dived into high waves to rescue her dog after it jumped into the stormy sea from the Donut groyne has prompted warnings for people not to do the same.
The film was shot by photographer Alessandro Intini yesterday at 3.15pm, when winds were near their height.
The Met Office had issued a severe weather warning for wind, with gusts of up to 70mph predicted along the south coast. A maximum speed of 60mph was recorded at Shoreham Airport at midday.
The video shows the woman going into the sea, and being knocked over by a huge wave as it crashes over the pebbles. She begins to turn back, before going back to grab the dog and being knocked over again.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s seafront manager Chris Ingall said: “This dog walker had a very lucky escape as the initial wave pushed her back up the beach.
“If she’d been in any deeper she would almost certainly have been washed out to sea and found it almost impossible to get back to shore.
“We always advise dog owners to keep their pets on leads, keep off the groynes and away from the shoreline particularly when sea conditions are rough.”
And Shoreham Coastguard tweeted. “We are truly lost for words. Please, if seen again, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, even if we arrive and offer some well needed safety advice or have our colleagues from Sussex Police to also have a chat.”
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