It’s an overcast day on the North Wales coast, but this long, sandy stretch of beach is far from deserted. As dog walkers and pensioners soak up the sea views, something unexpected shatters the peace and quiet. A rumbling sound peaks to a threatening crescendo – leaving the beachgoers in fear for their lives. And none of them could’ve known what was in store for them next.
For decades, both locals and holidaymakers alike have flocked to the beautiful Nefyn Beach for a traditional day of seaside fun. But for all those years, a ticking time bomb has been lying in wait. Now, the unthinkable has happened, and it has transformed this peaceful idyll into something out of a Hollywood movie.
In April 2021 onlookers watched in horror as nature took a vicious turn and sent shockwaves through the sleepy community of Nefyn Beach. Though what was behind this catastrophe? And would these people – caught on the sands at the wrong time – live to tell the tale? It’s a story that reveals a terrifying truth about some of the U.K.’s most picturesque coastal towns.
Nefyn Beach had been bustling with people just a week before the shocking incident. As families across the U.K. enjoyed their Easter vacations, many of them chose to visit this spot on Wales’ northern coast. Granted, it’s not as well known as some of the country’s other seaside resorts, though it remains a popular destination nonetheless.
Yet Nefyn Beach had grown less busy by April 19, 2021. With children back at school, there were fewer families spread out across the long expanse of golden sand. And while there may have been some surfers or fishermen out in the bay, the general atmosphere was far quieter than it had been the week before.