Hovercraft gatecrashes beach

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.

My favourite quote from a viewer on youtube is: Man, the Russian military is certainly taking extreme measures to scare away gay people from the beaches.

What would you have done if a giant hovercraft had emerged on your beach? Stayed? Filmed? Run away?

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