10 OMG Moments Caught on Camera By Tourists
1. A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea
In August 2015, 58-year-old Australian Phil McNamara was aboard a small boat near Mount Tavurvur, a volcano located off the coast of Papua New Guinea. He was lucky to capture spectacular footage of the volcano erupting. Talk about being at the right place at the right time!
The video shows a plume of ash thrown into the air from Mount Tavurvur. What follows are impressive rippling clouds and an eardrum-rattling explosion that rocked McNamara’s boat.
2. A tumbling trooper outside of Buckingham Palace
A guardsman at Buckingham Palace had a bit of an embarrassing moment when he slipped and fell over during the Changing of the Guard. The young soldier was caught on camera by a tourist as he lost his footing during the traditional ceremony. He tumbled sideways and briefly dropped his rifle.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne resident David Meadwell shot the irregular maneuver on April 9, 2015. The unidentified trooper is thought to have slipped because of the metal protectors nailed to the soles of his boots. The Ministry of Defense refused to comment on “a young man falling over while doing his job.”
3. The thief whose escape was foiled during a getaway
One man was arrested and another left with bite marks on his arm and chest after a dramatic fight in Brooklyn, which was filmed by passing tourists. Ahmed Hassan, 22, is believed to have taken $50 from an unsuspecting 23-year-old pedestrian before jumping into his car to get away. The victim jumped into the car with Hassan and forced the vehicle onto the wrong side of the road where it crashed. The two men then bundled out and began brawling.
This footage, shot by Russian tourists driving down Brighton Beach Avenue, shows the shocking street fight. As the camera pans the scene, the men can be seen arguing next to the open door of a gray Nissan before the car speeds off across the central partition with its hazard lights flashing. It crashes into oncoming traffic before they fall out and begin fighting on the pavement.
4. A shark stalking its prey
An Italian on holiday found a good reason not to go in the water after shooting video of the sunrise on a deserted beach—he captured a shark on camera.
The shark was in full attack mode as it chased a tasty fish all the way to shore. However, it could not get as close to the beach as the fish, and was forced to turn around and swim back out to sea. After the shark had retreated, the nervous fish made sure all was safe before heading back out to sea as well.
5. An Eiffel Tower engagement
A worldwide hunt has been launched for a couple that got engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower in 2015. California tourist Jen Hurd Bohn was in line at the Parisian landmark when she spotted an intimate moment unfold between a couple. She knew she was witnessing an unmistakable proposal.
There was the brandishing of a ring, the requisite reaction (a hand-to-mouth surprise), and a big embrace and passionate kiss at the end—all of which Bohn captured on camera. Unfortunately, she was stuck in line and unable to get the couple’s contact info to send them the photos.
Bohn posted the photos on her Facebook page with the presumption that the pair were American (by the clothes they wore.) They pictures have since gone viral and have even gotten a shout out from Candace Cameron Bure, best known for her role as DJ on the sitcom “Full House.”
So far—despite being picked up by U.S. news stations and shared thousands of times on social media—the couple have yet to come forward.
6. A crocodile chomping a trainer’s head
A terrifying moment was captured on camera when a crocodile clamped its jaws around a trainer’s head during a stunt that went awry at a Thai tourist attraction.
The incident occurred at Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm in Bangkok. Screams can be heard as a reptile clamps its jaws around its trainer. According to reports, the 27-year-old man escaped with only head wounds.
7. A paddleboarder “surfing” on a whale
This incredible picture shows the moment a man appeared to be surfing on an enormous whale.The surfer, who has been identified as paddle boarder Mark Jackson, was floating just off shore near Kailua-Kona in Hawaii when the colossal creature emerged from the water merely meters behind him.
Totally unaware of the animal looming in tow, the paddle boarder continued to circle leisurely around the bay. The Orca soon closed in and surfaced alongside him. 400 yards back on shore, eyewitness David Warren, 65, watched the bizarre incident unfold from his balcony. He managed to capture the bizarre encounter on camera and was able to track down the mystery surfer after the incident occurred.
According to Jackson, he didn’t spot the giant mammal—which also had its calf in tow—until it breached at the very last moment.
8. The Tunisia beach shooting
A British man captured the scene at a Tunisian beach after a gunman opened fire at a resort in Sousse on June 2015. Eight Britons were among the 39 people killed in the attack.
Matthew Kenyon and his girlfriend, Diane Darlington, had been on the beach when they heard what they initially thought were firecrackers. They soon realized it was something more serious. The couple ran back to their hotel room and barricaded their door. Matthew then went on to the balcony and filmed the scene.
“We could hear the explosions, it was just so surreal. You usually see these things on TV, it never happens to you,” Diane told ITV News.
9. A car melting in the sun during a heatwave
The astonishing moment a car melted during an intense heatwave in Italy has been captured on camera by a British tourist. John Westbrook, a 48-year-old from Folkestone, Kent, was shocked when he saw plastic dripping from the Renault Megane.
The car had been parked in the coastal town of Caorle when temperatures hit 37C (99F). The video shows the lights, wing mirrors and window fittings melting off the car.
Mr Westbrook took the photos while on a two-week vacation with his wife, Joanne, 45, and son, Robbie, 21.
10. A robbery at gun point on a helmet camera
Here’s a video that would make the average sightseer crap their pants. A group of tourists cycling around Buenos Aires got the scare of a lifetime—one of them was wearing a GoPro camera and managed to film the moment he was almost robbed in broad daylight.
In the video, you can see the cyclist minding their own business when a motorbike appears to park at the side of the road before wheeling over to pull out a gun! It’s clear that the victim does not understand Spanish when asked for his backpack. Thankfully, he escapes and manages to find a cop.