02/06/2014 09:44 BST | Updated 03/06/2014 05:59 BST

Sunbather Nearly Hit By Plane In Astonishing Video From German Beach

There are many perils associated with a trip to the beach - sunburn, jellyfish stings and the like.

Well now you can add death by plane.

This is the astonishing moment a light-airplane nearly landed on top of a completely unaware sunbather.

The incident took place on a beach in Heligoland, an island in northern Germany.

Despite the dodgy entrance of the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, both the bather and the pilot, Juergen Drucker, 52, were unhurt in the incident.

Drucker apologised for the near- miss. He said: "It was me that was flying and I am really sorry. I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn’t one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit.

"In my defence I can say that I didn’t see him because he was lying down and I’m just very grateful it worked out well and I didn’t land on him. I don’t want to say any more than that.

"I fear I will be in for a fine from the Federal Aviation Office but I hope I will be able to keep my licence."