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Moment man is knocked off his feet and almost washed out to sea by 25ft wave during Storm Ciaran – as critics brand him an ‘idiot’

This is the dramatic moment a man is knocked off his feet and almost washed out to sea by a huge wave during Storm Ciaran. 

Dramatic footage filmed on Thursday last week shows the man looking out on the promenade of Dover’s Marine Parade during the height of the storm as gusts of 100mph winds were recorded.

Seconds later, a colossal 25ft wave crashes over the top of the seafront railings and submerges the tarmac below, instantly knocking the man over in the process.

The man is then sent flying through the air and thrown onto his back as he is dragged along with the powerful undertow. After a short struggle, he is able to get back to his feet and seemingly escape unharmed.

Commenters responding to the online clip branded the man in the footage an ‘idiot’ and ‘lucky’ to be alive, while others suggested the clip could be included as one of the stunts in ‘Jacka** 5’.

The man is seen looking out on the promenade of Dover's Marine Parade during the height of the storm before a huge wave crashes over the railings The man is seen looking out on the promenade of Dover's Marine Parade during the height of the storm before a huge wave crashes over the railings

The man is seen looking out on the promenade of Dover’s Marine Parade during the height of the storm before a huge wave crashes over the railings 

The wave then breaks on the tarmac below, instantly knocking the man over in the process and sending him flying into the air The wave then breaks on the tarmac below, instantly knocking the man over in the process and sending him flying into the air

The wave then breaks on the tarmac below, instantly knocking the man over in the process and sending him flying into the air

He is thrown onto his back, with his legs seen sticking out of the water as he is dragged along with the powerful undertow He is thrown onto his back, with his legs seen sticking out of the water as he is dragged along with the powerful undertow

He is thrown onto his back, with his legs seen sticking out of the water as he is dragged along with the powerful undertow

The video recorded by Tim Smithen, who owns Rebels Coffee Shop located on Dover’s Marine Parade shows the extremities of Storm Ciaran.

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The father-of-three, 41, said he had never seen waves this high before on the Dover seafront and said his shop and the man got a ‘battering’ from the storm.

Tim, from Dover in Kent, said: ‘I’ve never seen waves this high come over this part of Dover beach before.

‘They were so high that it was bombarding the side of our coffee shop and damaged the shop’s fascia but there was thankfully no damage inside and flooding was minimal.

‘The waves that crashed over were definitely higher than our building.

‘I couldn’t believe it. There were people walking around taking photos and I just thought if these waves knocked you down they could wipe you out.

‘It didn’t seem real when we saw someone so badly knocked off their feet. Thankfully afterwards he came around the back of the coffee shop and I was able to make sure he was okay.

‘He was a young guy and we made sure he was okay and he went off with his friends.

‘I think his friends said he was stupid for going so close to the storm. 

The wave then crashes against the wall of a toilet cubicle on the promenade, obscuring the man out of view The wave then crashes against the wall of a toilet cubicle on the promenade, obscuring the man out of view

The wave then crashes against the wall of a toilet cubicle on the promenade, obscuring the man out of view 

As the wave breaks, the man can be seen quickly recovering to his feet As the wave breaks, the man can be seen quickly recovering to his feet

As the wave breaks, the man can be seen quickly recovering to his feet

The man then hurriedly walks away from the seafront, seemingly uninjured The man then hurriedly walks away from the seafront, seemingly uninjured

The man then hurriedly walks away from the seafront, seemingly uninjured  

Tim Smithen (pictured), who owns Rebels Coffee Shop located nearby filmed the shocking incident unfold and made sure the man was ok before he went off with his friends Tim Smithen (pictured), who owns Rebels Coffee Shop located nearby filmed the shocking incident unfold and made sure the man was ok before he went off with his friends

Tim Smithen (pictured), who owns Rebels Coffee Shop located nearby filmed the shocking incident unfold and made sure the man was ok before he went off with his friends

The adamage caused to the building where the man was swept off his feet during Storm Ciaran The adamage caused to the building where the man was swept off his feet during Storm Ciaran

The adamage caused to the building where the man was swept off his feet during Storm Ciaran

‘We could hear and feel the waves hitting the coffee shop wall whilst we were inside. It was crazy loud like the walls were going to be smashed in.

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‘The coffee shop and the guy definitely got a battering from the storm.’

One social media user commented on the clip: ‘What an idiot, imagine if he had gone over, then risk the lives of the RNLI to rescue him.’ Another added: ‘Jacka** 5 right there.’

A third said: ‘Why are people laughing? This is how someone died in Scotland last week.’

Another shocking video from last week’s storm captured huge waves crashing into two children walking along a seafront in Folkestone, Kent, with their father. 

The ‘oblivious’ father has been slammed online after shocking footage shows waves smashing into his two children and at one point knocking one of them off their feet.

As the enormous waves crash into the coast, the two children run off ahead as their father shows little sense of urgency to protect the youngsters.

The children are then drenched by a wave and disappear in the footage – but when they reappear unscathed, the father continues to walk at slow pace, seemingly unfazed.

The children can be seen walking ahead of their father as huge waves crash into the Folkestone promenade The children can be seen walking ahead of their father as huge waves crash into the Folkestone promenade

The children can be seen walking ahead of their father as huge waves crash into the Folkestone promenade

A massive wave lands on top of the children who get drenched but come out unscathed as their father tails behind A massive wave lands on top of the children who get drenched but come out unscathed as their father tails behind

A massive wave lands on top of the children who get drenched but come out unscathed as their father tails behind

As another wave comes crashing into the coast, one of the children is swept of their feet as they try to escape

The child can be seen losing their footing as they try and get away from the huge waves smashing into the promenade

After coming out from the first wave safely, one of the children is then swept off their feet by the sheer power of another wave and crashes down onto the floor.

Again, the father continues to walk at a normal pace, completely ignoring the fact his children are perilously close to falling into the sea.

The footage has since gone viral and social media users have blasted the parent as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘stupid’.

One user said:  Why would you ever take your kids along there n endanger their lives.’

Another fumed: ‘How f***ing irresponsible.’ 

A third sarcastically hailed him as ‘father of the year’, while a fourth added: ‘Totally oblivious – this is stupidity at its best.’ 

It comes as a rare red warning was in force in Jersey last week after gale force winds and torrential rain wreaked havoc in the southern England and other parts of the UK. 

Schools were shut, flights to the mainland cancelled and people forced to evacuate from their homes after being battered by the powerful gales. 

More than 340 areas of Britain are on flood watch after the country was battered by 104mph winds and up to three inches of rain during the storm yesterday. 

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