Image: Maurice Thomas

For one woman on the shore near the seaside town of Dieppe in northern France, a relaxing day at the beach was to turn into a harrowing near-miss in November 2013. She was minding her own business, sunbathing on a secluded stretch, when a thunderous natural event occurred. And one visiting photographer caught the whole thing on camera.

Image: Ralph Daily

Dieppe isn’t exactly known for being a dangerous vacation destination; not to say it hasn’t seen some action and interest in the past. The Normandy coastal town is famed for being a battleground in the Second World War, and being the birthplace of the big French soccer star Emmanuel Petit. It is also known to produce excellent scallops.

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Image: Georgio

So this woman could hardly be expecting to be in fear for her life during her visit to the area in late 2013. She set up to relax and catch some rays on the stretch of Les Petites-Dalles near the town. It is such a beautiful location that it was once painted by the famous Impressionist artist Claude Monet and well worth a visit to anyone.

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