Huge wave filmed smashing into Brit and his child before dragging them into sea

A man and his child have been filmed getting dragged into the sea after being hit by a huge wave, before good Samaritan's stepped in.

The footage, captured today on the seafront at Freshwater, Isle of White, captured the man walking along the front with a child seated on his back.

Peter Ryley filmed the incident, which showed rough seas and raging waves battering the British coastline.

As the man, dressed in a high-vis jacket, walks across the front, waves can be seen brewing.

Unexpectedly the wave crashes against the side and erupts over the man.

Another onlooker quickly leapt over the wall and to safety.

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The man attempts to run out of harm's way but is taken down by the powerful wave.

His is seen in the water while the child appears to have been pushed away from him.

Good samaritans quickly leap into action and run to stop the man and his child from being swept into the sea.

After picking the child up, the man quickly walks to the side as the good samaritans help him keep his balance.

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RNLI community safety partner Guy Addington said: "People need to be aware that during strong winds parts of our coastline can be treacherous, with a higher risk of large waves sweeping people off their feet and resulting in them being dragged into the sea."

The charity said anyone finding themselves in the water unexpectedly should relax and float on their backs to catch their breath.

Anyone who sees someone else in danger in the water should dial 999 and, if possible, throw something that floats or that they can hold on to – but do not enter the water.

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Icy and colder-than-average conditions could last for at least a week, but the cold chills could stay throughout November.

The blistering wintry weather brings a risk of frost and ice, with snow expected over high-ground in Scotland from as early as Tuesday – as cold air from Scandinavia sweeps in.

Met Office spokesman Luke Miall said: “A much colder spell of weather arrives as cold air sinks down from Scandinavia and the Arctic from Tuesday.

“Wrap up warm for Bonfire Night and wear wellies.

“After recent rain, there’s the risk of cancellations for events using parking on the grass.

“Tuesday night looks dry but frosty, with -2C lows in Scotland, with cold nights in the South as well as -4C possible later in the week.

“Daytime temperatures will struggle to 6-8C for many this week, with midweek showers cold enough for snow in Scotland and to lower levels on Shetland, with 50mph gusts forecast in the South-West.

“The pool of cold air stays with us and it looks like remaining on the cold side from the weekend onwards.”

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