Fisherman Flees And Then Films Huge Waterspout

This is the moment a fisherman stops to film a huge arcing waterspout extending into the sky after first manoeuvring his vessel away from the dangerous sea twister.

The columnar vortex was filmed off the coast of Sindh Province in southern Pakistan and uploaded to Twitter where it has been widely shared.

According to local media, the waterspout was first reported by tuna fisherman Captain Saeed Zaman who was approximately 57 nautical miles from the coast at the time.

Video Credit: AsiaWire/Saeed Zaman – WWF-Pakistan

Waterspouts are considered rare in Pakistan and the last recorded sea twister was reported in February 2016.

According to Captain Zaman, the massive waterspout was coming towards his fishing vessel and he managed to manoeuvre away from it.

Credit: AsiaWire/Saeed Zaman - WWF-Pakistan
WWF Pakistan trained fisherman Saeed Zaman recorded the rare weather phenomenon on the Sindh coast

Other fishing boats in the area also spotted the weather phenomenon and avoided approaching it.

Waterspouts are a columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water, differentiating from tornadoes that take place over land.

They are connected to a cumulus congestus cloud, a cumuliform cloud or a cumulonimbus cloud.

They usually occur when changing weather conditions take place and last up to 20 minutes.

Waterspouts have a five-part life cycle, the formation of a dark spot on the water surface, spiral pattern on the water surface, formation of a spray ring, development of the visible funnel, and ultimately decay.

Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: AsiaWire


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