THIS video shows the terrifying moment volunteers from the RNLI headed out into the heart of Storm Ciara.

The video was originally reported on by our sister title the Bournemouth Echo but has been shared by a number of residents in the Wirral area highlighting the difficult situations our own local volunteers face in stormy conditions.

Brave men and women based at Weymouth's lifeboat station were sent out into the wind and rain on Sunday.

They posted this video on their Facebook page with the caption: "Ever wondered what it’s like in a lifeboat when a storm comes through..."

Luckily, the crew members hadn't been called to an emergency incident, but were instead competing bad-weather training exercises.

Hundreds of people have posted underneath the video.

One said: "Thank you for keeping us safe", while Malcolm Wyatt wrote: "The people who man our lifeboats are extremely courageous and selfless people who we all owe a great debt of thanks.

"Remember this is all run by donations, so please give generously the next time you see an RNLI collection."

Yesterday, Tuesday, we reported on dramatic footage showing the moment New Brighton lifeboat volunteers rescued a man stranded in flood water near Fort Perch Rock.

The man had got into difficulty near the historic building and had been pinned against railings due to the high tide and strong winds.

New Brighton volunteers were already on station due to the poor weather and on sighting the male, waded out to free him from the railings and escort him back to the safety of the promenade.