A “loving husband” and a “gorgeous and beautiful baby girl” were killed after being swept out to sea, an inquest ruled.
Rudy Bruynius, 33, and daughter McKayla were caught by the first wave at a spot on Fistral beach in Newquay, Cornwall on August 18.
The inquest, on Wednesday April 19, heard that Mr Bruynius clutched his daughter and screamed for help as another freak wave, up to 10 feet high, dragged them under.
McKayla’s mother Lisinda was also swept away, but survived after she was rescued by lifeguards. The three were believed to be in the water for about 15 minutes.
The Morden couple’s two sons, Tyrone, 10, and Damian, six, escaped by scrambling up the rocks to safety.
Lisinda told the court her family were on a camping holiday in Newquay when a large wave washed them off the rocks they had been fishing from.
She said: "Rudy had managed to get McKayla from the buggy and she was in his arms.
"I could hear Rudy screaming for help and I could hear the boys screaming for help.
"I glanced across and could no longer see McKayla in Rudy's arms. Rudy appeared to be floating in an upright position with his head back.
"I swam over to Rudy but he was unconscious."
Rudy and Lisinda Bruynius. Picture: Facebook
South-African born Rudy died in hospital later that night. McKayla died four days later.
Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon recorded conclusions of accidental death.
Lisinda said: "Rudy was a loving husband and a loving father. He leaves a void that can never be filled.
"McKayla, our gorgeous and beautiful baby girl, is forever in our hearts and the pain that myself and the boys feel at losing them both is indescribable.
"The last eight months have been extremely difficult and I hope people can learn from our tragedy."
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Detective Constable Jarrod Yewen said: "I don't think anyone could have foreseen the weather conditions were going to change so quickly."
A fundraising page, set up to support the family, raised nearly £50,000.