A Russian hovercraft made quite the entrance Sunday to a beach full of startled sunbathers. The humongous craft made landfall and shot up huge wakes of mist plumes, leading shocked beachgoers to stare in amazement, reports the CS Monitor on Aug. 22.
Visitors to the beach may have wondered why the Russian military hovercraft, nicknamed the “Bison,” was invading their peaceful day of sun worshiping. In actuality, it was the sunbathers who were out of place.
The beach in Mechnikovo, Russia belongs to the military, and the Russian Ministry of Defense said they were conducting tactical measures, landing on the beach that belongs to them, not to a group of afternoon vacationers.
“Mooring on the beach – this is normal,” Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda said of the ministry’s statement. What was unclear was “what people were doing on the beach in military training.”
The surreal footage of the 200-foot high Zubr-class landing vessel, which can hold up to 500 troops, left quite an impression on the visitors to the beach that day. Their beach trip was short lived however, as the onlookers were quickly “surrounded by paratroopers” who disembarked from the ship and asked the civilians “to move on,” reports the Pravda.