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Several children play on the beach while others dive into the water as the wave begins to approach the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Saturday

Sunbathing tourists panic and grab their screaming children after being caught by the freak wave and washing chairs in the sea in Brazil

  • Dozens of people were on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when a huge wave hit
  • Parents grabbed their children when water reached the waist of the youth
  • Although less than a minute of seats were washed away and left on sand
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Sunbathing tourists were left in a panic and hurried to grab their children after a strange wave had washed their belongings and plastic chairs into the sea.

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Dozens of people enjoy the sunny weather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Saturday before the peaceful atmosphere was destroyed.

In a video filmed on the crowded beach, people can be heard screaming as the water overwhelms them and rises to the same level as the waist of young people.

Although it takes less than a minute, the ripple wave causes chaos and leaves items on the sand.

Several children play on the beach while others dive into the water as the wave begins to approach the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Saturday

Several children play on the beach while others dive into the water as the wave begins to approach the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Saturday

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Video of the beach shows people happily sitting under umbrellas while young children play football on the shoreline.

The wave is gradually getting closer to the beach, but it is too late for most lucky tourists to retire by the time they realize it is going to soak.

The front rows of umbrellas are the hardest hit by the wave, with these tourists who had managed to get an excellent place washing their belongings washed away in the sea.

Water quickly reaches the tourists and sweeps some of their possessions into the sea. Parents, bottom right, are also seen as they grab their children while the water surrounds them

Water quickly reaches the tourists and sweeps some of their possessions into the sea. Parents, bottom right, are also seen as they grab their children while the water surrounds them

Water quickly reaches the tourists and sweeps some of their possessions into the sea. Parents, bottom right, are also seen as they grab their children while the water surrounds them

The first two rows of parasols are the hardest hit by the wave and dozens of chairs are lost to the sea
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The first two rows of parasols are the hardest hit by the wave and dozens of chairs are lost to the sea

The first two rows of parasols are the hardest hit by the wave and dozens of chairs are lost to the sea

Dozens of people can then be heard screaming in the short clip as they try to pack their things and hold family members.

The person filming the wave, standing on a higher platform, then turns the camera around to show the magnitude of the chaos.

A parent sees his three young children grabbing while the water comes to the youth's waist.

After the golf you can see chairs on the beach and people try to collect their things
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After the golf you can see chairs on the beach and people try to collect their things

After the golf you can see chairs on the beach and people try to collect their things

Other parents hold their children to their chest to prevent them from getting lost in the chaos, while others try to get away from the beach.

Within a few seconds, the wave has withdrawn and the beach is twice as large, although it is now strewn with towels, bags and plastic chairs.

Confused tourists then run to pick up their seats and make sure everyone is fine, while young children can still be heard screaming.

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