This shocking footage shows a group of school children risking their lives by dodging huge waves on the wrong side of a seawall.
Five kids were filmed running along the seafront wall, getting soaked by massive breakers.
Fortunately, none of them were swept away by the massive waves, but the man who captured the footage said he was so shocked.
Not only did the school children get soaked, they also risked being swept out to sea by waves
He wants to raise awareness about the dangers of wave dodging.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: ‘Some of the waves were massive.
‘My heart was in my mouth.
The man who shot the footage also captured a swimmer in the sea on the same day
Five kids were filmed running along the seafront wall, getting soaked by massive breakers
‘I was on the bridge and looking at some of the waves. If they weren’t hanging on, they could have been swept out there, and I wasn’t in a position to rescue them.
‘They were soaked through.’
The footage was captured on Monday, November 19 at Dawlish seafront in Devon, which has been battered by high winds and heavy rain over the past few weeks.
The footage was captured on Monday, November 19 at Dawlish seafront in Devon
The man also captured a swimmer in the sea on the same day, and said debris in the water could would have made the waves even more dangerous.
He added: ‘I caught another guy swimming in the sea on the same day, and there was a large plank of wood that came down at the last moment as he was swimming and it struck the water next to him.
‘I’m a swimmer myself and it’s the debris in these situations that’s lethal – the stones, the wood that’s turned up and crashing down at the same time.
The man who captured the footage said he was so shocked he wants to raise awareness about the dangers of wave dodging
The waves were so large they covered the walkway in front of the sea wall at times
‘The waves in the video contained stones so they could have been stuck by that or disorientated and swept away.’
The video was taken from a nearby bridge, and it is hoped that the message will be spread warning people not to go near the seafront when the waves are that high in the future.
The witness added: ‘If we could get the message to the school of the kids that did this then I’d be quite pleased.
‘I can see the thrill as a kid, it’s exciting to do something like that, but they’re possibly not aware of how vulnerable they would be if the waves knock their balance off.
‘There would be no way they would have got out of there.’
‘I was taken photos when I saw them but there was no way I could have gone over there to warn them or try to rescue them.’