Freak waves at Durban's North Beach caught on camera

Freak waves at Durban's North Beach caught on camera

The unusually high tide on North Beach was captured by shocked witnesses who shared their images on social media.

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Whilst it seemed like the usual relaxed Sunday for most, others who planned to enjoy their day at Durban's North Beach were stunned by the freak waves that emerged.

Watch: Bakkie 'reeled in' by strong waves in Ballito

The extremely big waves that tragically swept away a seven-year-old girl are known as rogue waves. These types of waves are particularly dangerous as they are unexpected - you simply don't see them coming. 

Read: Girl drowns after being swept off Durban pier

The waves washed over the North Beach Pier flooding most of the area. 

Darren Maule caught up with South African Weather Service's Wiseman Dlamini to chat about the incident. Take a listen to the podcast below:

Many that were on the scene took to social media to share the aftermath of the natural disaster:

The weather that took a turn for the worse got everyone talking. Watch official footage below of what North Beach, Durban looked like:

Were you at the scene? Did you witness the high swell? Let us know in the comments below...

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