A Russian Navy hovercraft surprised beach goers by landing on a crowded beach during a military exercise. The 60 metre (197 foot) long Russian built Navy Zubr-type which can travel at speeds of up to 110km/h (68 mph) carrying up to 500 people, missile launchers, automatic gun mounts and mine-laying devices zoomed up onto the sands?
Hundreds of people were sun-bathing on the beach when the vessel roared towards the beach sending up a huge spray. No one was injured. Beachgoers were, however, surrounded by paratroopers and asked to move off the beach.
A spokesperson for the Russian defence ministry was reported by the Komsomolskaya Pravda Newspaper as saying that the “hovercraft was on a tactical mission in an area owned by the military” and that “docking at the beach … is a normal event“.
There has been some debate in Russia as to whether the area was in fact a military area.
What would you have done if a giant hovercraft had emerged on your beach? Stayed? Filmed? Run away?