Hoping to get a good shot of the famous Severn Bore, Jill Roberts crept close to the riverbank to secure an unobstructed view.
But the amateur photographer got a better look at the tidal phenomenon than she bargained for.
Sweeping down the river at Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, the waves smashed over the riverbank, knocking the pensioner off her feet.
Mrs Roberts, who was taken completely by surprise, was drenched but unhurt.
Yesterday’s Bore – formed when tides force water up the funnel-shaped Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary – was graded at its highest level, five.
Bores can travel up to 13mph and reach 9ft high in parts.
Jill Roberts sat by the edge of the river to get a closer look at the Severn Bore in Minsterworth, Gloucestershire
As Mrs Roberts tries to get away from the oncoming waves the water splashes up on to the bank. Bores can travel up to 13mph and reach 9ft high in parts
The wave completely covers the land Mrs Roberts had been resting on as she is knocked off her feet. She was soaked but uninjured