Military hovercraft lands on crowded beach

ninemsn staff
9:12am August 22, 2013
August 22, 2013: An amphibious war ship in Russia was filmed using a crowded beach as a landing pad, sending waves crashing onto stunned beachgoers.

Tourists on a packed beach in Russia came to a stunned halt as an enormous military hovercraft approached and slid onto the shore, sending waves crashing onto them. 

The bizarre incident, which was caught on film, occurred on Sunday at a beach in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave located between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, Apollo reports.

Footage shows all activity on the crowded beach coming to a standstill as the hovercraft pulls up to the shore.

Men, women and children stop to watch as it glides towards the shore, spaying white water high into the air.

Some beachgoers had to make way for the giant piece of military hardware as it travelled all the way onto the shore before coming to rest.

The Russian Navy's Baltic Fleet has confirmed it owns the vessel.

The fleet's acting press service head, Andrew Bespalyj, said the 'Bison' hovercraft was practicing beach landings for an amphibious assault.

He added that it was unclear why there were civilians on a military beach.

The Bison is reportedly the world's largest vessel in its class, weighs 550 tonnes and can carry tanks and up to 400 troops.

Source: Apollo

Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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