Tornado rips across swimming pool on Greek Island Rhodes

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  • Swimmers were splashing around in the pool when the freak weather event hit
  • Tornado sped across surface of the water before lifting two parasols into the air
  • Holidaymakers rushed to grab their belongings before they were swept away 

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 03:49 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 11:18 EDT, 11 October 2017

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This dramatic footage shows a mini-tornado tearing around the swimming pool of a high-end hotel and sending parasols flying.

The freak weather hit the ancient town of Lindos, on Greek island Rhodes, in a matter of minutes while swimmers splashed around in a hotel pool.

Branches of a palm tree were blown around before a small 'tornado' began to speed around the surface of the water, and two parasols were lifted into the air.

Swimmers were splashing around in the hotel pool when the mini-tornado began ripping across the water 
Swimmers were splashing around in the hotel pool when the mini-tornado began ripping across the water 

Swimmers were splashing around in the hotel pool when the mini-tornado began ripping across the water 

Holidaymaker Ian Henderson, 36, was on holiday with friends to celebrate a childhood friend's wedding and filmed the storm on his phone.

He said: 'I was just sitting around enjoying the sun when I sat up and could see this thing in the pool - originally I thought it was air being blown into the water by entertainment staff.

'It was silent and suddenly got very windy at the side of the pool, a big parasol went flying.

'There were a few people in the swimming pool and people were relaxing around it.

Branches of a palm tree were blown around before a small 'tornado' began to speed around the surface of the water, and two parasols were lifted into the air
Branches of a palm tree were blown around before a small 'tornado' began to speed around the surface of the water, and two parasols were lifted into the air

Branches of a palm tree were blown around before a small 'tornado' began to speed around the surface of the water, and two parasols were lifted into the air

The freak weather hit the ancient town of Lindos, on Greek island Rhodes, in a matter of minutes
The freak weather hit the ancient town of Lindos, on Greek island Rhodes, in a matter of minutes

The freak weather hit the ancient town of Lindos, on Greek island Rhodes, in a matter of minutes

'We were all shocked. We stood up and made sure that the youngsters were all safe. Two of the big umbrellas went up in the air and blew over.

'The umbrella took off and everybody ran for shelter. Within a few minutes it had all gone.'

Mr Henderson, from Helston, Cornwall, was staying at the Lindos Imperial Hotel, on the island, known for historic ruins dating back to 280 B.C.

The 12 members of the group were all safe but were shocked by what they had seen.

The construction worker added: 'Everybody was saying there was a mini tornado.

A tourist watches on in shock as parasols lining the swimming pool are lifted high up into the air 
A tourist watches on in shock as parasols lining the swimming pool are lifted high up into the air 

A tourist watches on in shock as parasols lining the swimming pool are lifted high up into the air 

'I believe that was what it was because tornadoes are caused by a combination of hot and cold air.

'It felt blustery but it was a hot day, about 28 degrees.'

He said that ten minutes after the freak storm, maintenance staff went around checking the parasols were fixed to their bases and were safe to use.

'It shocked everyone, even staff,' Mr Henderson said. 'Within a few minutes it had all gone.' 

Holidaymaker Ian Henderson, 36, was on holiday with friends to celebrate a childhood friend's wedding and filmed the storm on his phone
Holidaymaker Ian Henderson, 36, was on holiday with friends to celebrate a childhood friend's wedding and filmed the storm on his phone

Holidaymaker Ian Henderson, 36, was on holiday with friends to celebrate a childhood friend's wedding and filmed the storm on his phone

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