Russian navy hovercraft lands on busy beach - video

Sunbathers told to leave area after 550-tonne war craft pulls up on beach

LAST UPDATED AT 13:21 ON Thu 22 Aug 2013

A VIDEO has captured the moment when Russian holidaymakers enjoying a day at the seaside were disturbed by a 550-tonne navy hovercraft charging up the beach.

According to The Independent, witnesses heard a "terrible roar" and saw "big waves" as the 200ft war craft, capable of transporting 400 troops at a time and carrying missile launchers, pulled in.

Paratroopers then climbed out of the vessel and demanded the beachgoers leave immediately.

Russian authorities confirmed that the hovercraft had arrived on Mechnikovo beach, near Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, after carrying out a training exercise. "Docking at the beach is normal," said a military spokesman. "What people were doing at the beach on the territory of the military (base) is unclear."

However, the Russian tabloid newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda, pointed out that the base the ministry was referring to was in Khmelevka, several kilometres from the beach in Mechnikovo. · 

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