Moment 'idiot' thrill-seeker is nearly swallowed by giant wave in midst of ...

Moment 'idiot' thrill-seeker is nearly swallowed by giant wave in midst of ...
Moment 'idiot' thrill-seeker is nearly swallowed by giant wave in midst of ...

This unsuspecting man almost became the fourth victim of Storm Arwen as he narrowly escaped being swept away by a giant wave that engulfed Scarborough seafront. 

The shocking footage shows the man standing on the promenade in North Yorkshire with no regard for his safety as a violent sea rages just metres away.

The waves continue to churn before breaking up and over the seafront barrier, but the man realises all too late and is swallowed up by a huge swathe of water as he desperately scrambles for safety.

For a moment it looks as though he has been swept away and into the sea, before he emerges seconds later, soaking wet and freezing but miraculously still on his feet. 

His lucky escape has seen him branded an 'idiot' online for his lack of common sense in the face of perilous conditions. 

It comes as Storm Arwen batters the North of England and Scotland with 100mph winds and flurries of snow, leading to the deaths of three people. 

Two people are seen watching the stormy seas just before another man walks along the promenade from the right

The camera pans to capture a huge wave cresting over the seafront barrier and onto the promenade

The camera sees two people standing on the promenade in Scarborough watching the stormy seas as the soon-to-be victim walks into shot from the right, before panning to capture a huge wave cresting over the seafront barrier and onto the promenade

The camera turns back to see the man, centre, running along the promenade in vain trying to get to safety before he is engulfed by the wave

The camera turns back to see the man, centre, running along the promenade in vain trying to get to safety before he is engulfed by the wave

He is completely engulfed by the wave and it seems for a moment that he has been swept into the sea

But as the wave recedes the man is seen miraculously still on his feet

He is completely engulfed by the wave and it seems for a moment that he has been swept into the sea. But as the wave recedes the man is seen miraculously still on his feet.

Forecasters today issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice as freezing conditions continue to sweep across the UK in the aftermath of Storm Arwen.

Three people were killed by falling trees on Friday, as extreme winds and snap snowfalls caused damage to buildings, road closures and train delays.  

The Met Office has said it expects to see the mercury fall below zero in many parts of the country to as low as -10C (14F) in the late hours of Sunday, while snow showers are forecast to intensify over parts of Scotland and the North West of England into next week.

Today, officials inspected the snow covered pitch ahead of the Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur match at Turf Moor and vehicles were left abandoned in the snow in Consett, in County Durham, after heavy snowfall in the area overnight. 

Snowed in businesses on the A53, close to Buxton in Derbyshire, as forecasters predict further wintry showers in the east

Snowed in businesses on the A53, close to Buxton in Derbyshire, as forecasters predict further wintry showers in the east

A man digs out a car from snow in High Green in the Yorkshire Dales, as freezing conditions continue to sweep across the UK in the aftermath of Storm Arwen

A man digs out a car from snow in High Green in the Yorkshire Dales, as freezing conditions continue to sweep across the UK in the aftermath of Storm Arwen

Motorists gather by a stuck HGV along the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions

Motorists gather by a stuck HGV along the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions

A group of people look out over the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill as forecasters predict further wintry showers in the east and a band of rain, sleet and snow for parts of Scotland

A group of people look out over the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill as forecasters predict further wintry showers in the east and a band of rain, sleet and snow for parts of Scotland

It comes as forecasters predict further wintry showers in the east and a band of rain, sleet and snow for parts of Scotland over the next three days.

The showers will continue to move across western areas of the country on Thursday before a warmer air mass brings heavy showers on Friday - which is expected to continue into the weekend.  

A cold weather alert issued by the UK Health Security Agency on Friday is set to remain in place until at least Monday, prompting advice to people to try to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of the chilly conditions such as the elderly

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