A father and his two-year-old daughter died during a family holiday when a freak wave swept them into the sea, an inquest has heard. Rudy Bruynius, 33, and McKayla were fishing off rocks when the weather suddenly changed at Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

Mr Bruynius, his wife Lisinda and McKayla, who was strapped into her pushchair, were struck by the wave before another, bigger wave dragged them into the water. Their two older children were able to climb to safety on rocks. Cornwall Coroner’s Court heard lifeguards on the beach pulled the couple out of the water and a lifeboat crew found McKayla.

Mrs Bruynius told the court that as the waves grew larger, they were in the process of moving up the rock when a large wave washed her, her husband and McKayla off it, dragging them into the water. Mr Bruynius was knocked unconscious and McKayla disappeared. Her husband, a landscape gardener originally from South Africa, died in hospital that night, on 19 August last year. McKayla died four days later.