THIS is the shocking moment a runner was swept off a Spanish pier by a huge wave during Storm Bella.
Oinatz Arretxe, 28, was left with broken bones after he was swept off a wall while jogging with colleagues in the city of Orio, Basque Country, yesterday.
In the footage, two people are seen running across the pier when a huge wave suddenly crashes over them.
The wave swept Arretxe off the wall and he plummeted four metres to the boardwalk below, El Mundo reports.
Arretxe’s colleague found him unconscious after running down the steps to where he fell, according to local media reports.
Cops and paramedics rushed to the scene and were able to save Arretxe before he was swept out to sea.
Arretxe, a member of the Zarautz rowing club, was taken to the Donostia University Hospital with a broken tibia and fibula, according to the newspaper Diario Vasco.
Local authorities have issued a red alert for high waves along the Basque Country coast caused by Storm Bella.
Storm Bella was officially named on Christmas Eve and hit the UK on Boxing Day 2020.
A risk to life warning was soon issued by the Met Office as 70mph winds battered England and Wales.
Brits were forced to evacuate their homes as more than 100 flood warnings were issued across England.
Over the weekend, Storm Bella battered Britain with 106mph winds, while stranded residents were plucked from floods and homes were plunged into darkness.
More than 1,000 homes near the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were evacuated on Sunday as Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said 40 properties had been damaged.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also had to rescue two people trapped in their homes by floods.
Council workers handed out sandbags in Cirencester, while more than 70 homes were without power in the town, while forty homes in Witney, Oxfordshire, flooded.
The M25 QE2 bridge from Essex into Dartford, Kent, was shut and a string of other roads across the region were closed by floods or fallen trees.
In Wales, Western Power said Storm Bella had caused power cuts to around 21,000 homes.
The Welsh Grand National at Chepstow was called off due to a waterlogged course.
And in Cornwall, more than 100 homes were without electricity and 50 were blacked out in Bristol and Bath.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told people to check Government advice on staying safe as the Environment Agency urged everyone to avoid floods.
A spokesman said: “It is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.”
A number of people had to be rescued from vehicles in North Yorkshire after they became stranded in floodwater.
And in Aysgarth, a man and a woman were also rescued by boat from the roof of their car at 2.40am after they drove into deep floodwater.
The fastest wind speed recorded over the weekend – 106mph – hit the Isle of Wight in the early hours of the morning.
It means that if Bella had been a tropical storm, it would have been classified as an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 2 hurricane.