Watch the moment a group of young people were nearly swept out to sea when a giant wave engulfed them on Westward Ho! seafront.

Shocking drone footage taken at Westward Ho! shows the moment a group of young people were nearly swept into the sea.

The footage, captured by Westward Ho! resident Alex Hall, was taken on Wednesday, the day after a woman was swept out to sea by giant waves and rescued by a passing Naval officer.

This series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex HallThis series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex Hall

The group was playing in the waves only yards away from where the woman was stood when a wave engulfed her at high tide.

Sharing the footage in the Westward Ho! community group on Facebook, Alex wrote: “Sorry to share this but I feel some education is in order, especially as someone was swept off the slipway last night.

This series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex HallThis series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex Hall

“The first clip shows a coffee sign or cone effortlessly being swept off the slipway. The second shows a group of kids taking some serious risks.”

Alex said when he initially saw the footage he was worried the sign in the first clip had been a person, but thankfully it was not.

This series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex HallThis series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex Hall

Bideford Coastguard has warned people to stay away from the seafront during particularly high tides - though thankfully the worst is over for now.

They posted on Facebook and said: “We ask everyone to keep well clear of any slip ways and areas where the waves are breaking over the sea walls.

This series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex HallThis series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex Hall

“If you see anyone in difficulty on the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

This series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex HallThis series of images shows the giant wave crashing into the sea wall and washing over the young people playing near the slipway. Pictures/footage: Alex Hall